DHEA Hormone in Annapolis, MD
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an essential hormone for human survival. As a precursor to both male and female sex hormones (androgens and estrogens), DHEA drives very important bodily systems/functions including: metabolism, sexual and reproductive processes, energy, mood and several others. The problem is that once we hit age 26 or so, our natural DHEA levels (produced by the adrenal glands, gonads and brain) start to decrease, leading to a myriad health problems.
Functions of DHEA
DHEA is most commonly associated with maintaining the proper function of the human reproductive systems. As the most abundant circulating hormone in the human body, DHEA—and its precursor DHEAS—have other functions as well. Immune function, neurological health, hair growth, mood stability, bone formation, joint health, cardiovascular system support, blood sugar, are just a handful of the roles DHEA(S) has to manage.
It makes sense than to suspect that a hormonal imbalance can have a profound effect on the way our bodies function.
Effects of DHEA Deficiency
It’s said that by age 70 we only have about 20% of the DHEA(S) levels we had at age 25. With the natural decline of DHEA(S) levels, our bodies starts to develop a number of conditions. Some of these include:
- Emotional stress
- Cardiovascular disease
- Immune disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- An increased risk of prostate, breast and ovarian cancer.
- High cholesterol (low HDL, “good cholesterol” and high LDH, “bad cholesterol”)
- Memory loss
- Fat retention and weight gain
To replace the natural loss of this very important hormone, doctors and researchers alike, have been interested in extracting or manufacturing DHEA(S).
Bioidentical DHEA Replacement
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a relatively new development in the area of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Unlike the old form of synthetic (lab manufactured) hormones, BHRT uses naturally occurring hormones found in plants like yams and soy. By starting with a natural hormone, BHRT hormones are the closest available match to the hormones our bodies produce.
In this case, DHEA synthetic supplements—the opposite of bioidentical hormones—carry an extensive list of adverse reactions, risks and side-effects:
Side effects of synthetic hormones common to women include:
- Smaller breasts (reduction in breast tissue)
- A deeper voice
- Increased genital size
- Oily skin
- Abnormal menstruation
- Facial/Unnatural hair growth
Side effects of synthetic hormones common to men include:
- Breast tenderness/growth
- Smaller testes
- Stress incontinence
In both men and women
Side effects of synthetic hormone replacement that are seen to affect both men and women include:
- Acute respiratory failure
- Eye issues (like dry eyes
- Mood changes
- Low BP (hypotension)
Synthetic hormones should also be used with caution in those with insulin infectivity/diabetes, heart disease, bad cholesterol, bleeding disorders, thyroid disorders, PMS, joint pain, hyperhydrosis, anxiety, depression, PTSD, sleep disorders, those who are seizure prone, and those with immune disorders.
For many bioidentical hormone replacement offers a safer alternative to the often controversial hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical DHEA can be your answer for declining levels of this crucial hormone.
Request more information about DHEA and bioidentical hormone replacement today. Call (410) 567-0667 or contact Dr. Alan Stuart Weiss online.
Annapolis Integrative Medicine Clinic
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Annapolis, MD 21403
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