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DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced primarily by the adrenal cortex, but also secreted by the testes and the brain. DHEA serves as a precursor to androgen hormones - the hormones that regulate the development and preservation of male characteristics. Even more so than testosterone, men rely on DHEA to maintain their edge. Because DHEA is a precursor to androgen hormones, men depend on it to retain their masculinity.
The majority of the symptoms men face during andropause are attributed to low testosterone or "Low-T." What most men don't know is that the decline in testosterone is in fact linked to waning levels of DHEA. Typically, DHEA levels begin to taper off around the age of 30 and continue to gradually decline throughout a man's life.
Low levels of DHEA can cause symptoms including:
- Loss of strength and muscle mass
- Aching joints
- Decreased sex drive
- Impaired immune function
On the other hand, adequate DHEA levels can help:
- Increase testosterone levels
- Restore muscle mass
- Improve the body fat ratio
- Improve memory
- Boost the immune system
- Promote flexibility
- Raise endurance levels
DHEA supplementation is great way for men to regain vitality. As with any supplement, you should consult your doctor before taking DHEA. For men, healthy levels of DHEA will help prevent prostate cancer; however, men who have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer should not take DHEA as it may increase the risk of prostate tumors.