Facts about DHEA and Cortisol


Facts about DHEA and Cortisol

- Bone density increases with DHEA levels

- DHEA is reduced in diabetics with high blood sugar

- Exercise and transcendental meditation increase DHEA

- Women with Alzheimer's disease have low DHEA levels in relation to cortisol

- DHEA protects the memory area of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease from oxidative stress

- In one study, DHEA slashed a man's risk of heart disease in half, and his risk of mortality from all causes by 36%

- DHEA levels during various life stages: While human fetuses have high amounts of DHEA, babies and children have virtually none. DHEA reaches its peak in the 20s, and declines with old age. Older people have virtually no DHEA.

- Humans, chimpanzees and apes are the only known animals whose adrenals secrete large amounts of DHEA. Rodents rely on their sex organs for the hormone.

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