DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

Functional Medicine Update: DHEA, Melatonin and Neurohormonal Energetics Part 3

Part 1 and Il of this series discussed how a functional decline in the ability of the nervous system and endocrine system to regulate and integrate the body's metabolic activities can be assessed via the functional status of the neurohormonal system. It is well known that neuroendocrine-produced hormones such as melatonin, and other anti-aging hormones (HGH, IGF-1, and DHEA) decline as much as 10% per decade. Nutritional deficiencies cause many endocrine glands to fatigue and become exhausted, losing their ability to respond quickly and effectively to the many stresses of life.

DHEA: Does it hold the Secret to Youth?

Today there is an unspoken belief that if we think right, eat right, breathe right, relax right and put back whatever the body loses as part of the aging process, we can postpone disease and dependency indefinitely. We can look better longer and make ourselves even leaner than in youth by vigorous exercise, and quite possibly we can slow, or even reverse, the body's internal aging clock. So far, so good.

The DHEA Breakthrough: An Interview With Author Stephen A. Cherniske

Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is a hormone that is naturally produced in the human body by the adrenal glands. Once available only by prescription, DHEA is now classified as a nutritional supplement and sold over-the-counter. Often referred to as the "master hormone," DHEA reaches prime peak level around age 25 and decreases as you grow older. When this happens, your body begins to age.

Depression and DHEA Treatment

Depression is a broad term for a host of unpleasant feelings, including emotional numbness, lack of energy and motivation, feeling like a failure and feeling undesirable. These feelings frequently show up for the first time in middle-aged people who feel like they're over the hill. Elderly people too frequently get depressed, and are particularly at risk of suicide. Depression is a growing problem among teenagers as well.

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