DHEA is known as the “anti-aging hormone” because of its rejuvenating properties within the body. Supplementing this important hormone has shown to play a significant role in the body composition of older men. Learn how you can start hormone therapy to regain your youth and feel your best.
As men age, they face many age-related challenges like andropause, which is the male equivalent of menopause in women. It is a decline in androgens, the male hormones, evident in the way they look and feel. Their muscle mass starts to vanish, they feel fatigued, lose their sexual drive, start balding, and even become moody.
Typically, low levels of testosterone are found to be the culprit for many men, but few people know that a decrease in testosterone can actually be related to declining levels of its precursor, DHEA. Around the age of 30, DHEA, like testosterone, starts to significantly decline and continues at about 5% per year.
This imbalance can have multiple negative impacts on a man’s health and overall sense of well-being. Some men think that taking over-the-counter DHEA supplements will take care of their low testosterone. However, self-medicating this way is not an effective method for regaining balance. In fact, having high levels of DHEA creates health risks.
What is DHEA?
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a steroid hormone produced by the brain, adrenal glands, and intestinal tract with cholesterol as its primary building block. It circulates in the bloodstream as its derivative form, DHEA sulfate (DHEAS).
Under normal conditions, the male body converts DHEA into various types of androgens, including testosterone. Therefore, low levels of this hormone may lead to premature aging and a diminished quality of life. Equally problematic, high levels of DHEA cause serious health issues including adrenal tumors.
Men depend on DHEA to maintain their masculinity and vitality. This essential hormone promotes cardiovascular health, retains muscular density and strength, regulates emotions, and maintains a healthy sex life. DHEA and progesterone are also related. Proper levels of DHEA help produce enough progesterone, which is a building block of testosterone. DHEA and progesterone are key in maintaining healthy hormone levels in the male body.
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Aging and Why DHEA Matters
DHEA as part of a comprehensive wellness therapy has become very popular in recent years for its ability to correct and reverse many of the signs of aging in men. That’s because of its intrinsic relationship to what many medical professionals would refer to as healthy aging. DHEA levels typically hit their peak between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. Beginning around age 30, many men begin to experience a steady decline of about 5% per year.
By the time most men hit age 70, DHEA is at bare minimum levels. This is startling but wholly predictable as most men don’t know what their DHEA levels are. Unfortunately, as time goes on, they certainly start to feel the clock ticking.
These are some of the changes that men experience:
- Joints start to ache.
- Loss of muscle density and strength.
- Bones become fragile with a propensity to develop osteoporosis.
- Loss of an average of two inches in height.
- Body fat starts to accumulate.
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Development of high blood pressure.
- Diabetes becomes more common.
- Sexual drive diminishes.
- Erectile dysfunction develops.
DHEA has been called the “anti-aging hormone” because when it is at a healthy level, the signs and symptoms of aging are vastly improved leaving people feeling more vital. Receiving DHEA hormone replacement therapy can significantly slow the aging process bringing more well-being, cognitive function, and body composition in men.
Diagnosis and Treatment
While some men opt for taking DHEA supplements on their own, it is a dangerous choice because it can lead to debilitating consequences. The proper way to treat your DHEA levels is to work with a licensed physician who will work with you to get an accurate reading of all your hormone levels. Blood and urine tests may be necessary to completely evaluate the best treatment plan, but are not always needed.
At HealthGAINS, we take patient care and safety very seriously. It is part of this commitment that has led us to approach patient care in a holistic way, whose comprehensive treatment plan may include lifestyle changes as well as the use of a number of treatments including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Just as each individual is unique, so too is the tailored prescription. The hormones that will be administered are carefully designed and developed from natural sources to mimic the hormonal structure in order to deliver the most effective treatment possible to overcome these challenges quickly. Based on your assessment results that examine your hormone level, our doctors will work to create a treatment plan which may include bioidentical hormones, which are made-to-order, specific to your needs.
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Life After Treatment
The primary reason men choose hormone replacement therapy as they age is to improve their overall quality of life and to give them a second chance at feeling like their “old” selves again. Once you start living your life in balance with your hormones, you’ll start to notice major changes in the way you look and feel.
Not only will you have more energy, but you’ll also notice many aspects of your physiology and mental health start to improve.
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The First Step to Healthy DHEA Levels
If you are experiencing symptoms that are diminishing your quality of life, the first step is to speak to one of our incredibly experienced medical professionals or wellness advisors that specialize in treating a variety of age-related maladies, including DHEA for Men whose levels may be abnormal. Our physicians are highly trained to understand and correct DHEA insufficiency with safe and effective methods.
Hormone deficiencies and imbalances can cause a number of conditions men typically associate with aging.
The simple truth is that there is no need to suffer the effects of hormone imbalance.
Call us today at 305-682-1818 to speak with one of our dedicated wellness advisors. They’re ready to help answer any lingering questions you may have and help you to get started with your first consultation.
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