Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA-s)


This blood test measures Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels. DHEA a natural steroidal hormone made in the adrenal glands, gonads and in the brain. DHEA is a precursor hormone to cortisol, testosterone and estrogen and is the most plentiful steroid hormone in the body.

DHEA supports overall growth & development, immune function, memory, cardiovascular support and plays a supportive role in maintaining bone density in post-menopausal women. Levels of DHEA are depleted in both men and women under chronic stress. Levels of DHEA also decline during the aging process. Low levels of DHEA are associated with insomnia, cancer and autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and lupus. Research has shown that DHEA can help raise levels of the powerful neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a powerful neurotrophin, a specialized protein the supports the development, function and survival of neurons.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

No fasting required.

Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal.