Healthy Aging and Hormones

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Healthy Aging and Hormones

Postby Canuck Singh » Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:04 am

Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) facilitates better production of hormones to provide a more youthful hormonal profile. Secretion of DHEAS begins at age 10, peaks at age 20, and then gradually declines. Low DHEAS levels are common in men and women over the age of 40. Supplementation with dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) (50mg/day) is shown to be highly effective at increasing DHEAS levels, particularly in men and women over 40.

A recent study has shown that DHEA supplementation increased DHEAS in women over 40. The women supplementing with DHEA reported increased natural surge in testosterone levels. Aside from these benefits, DHEA supplementation is also shown to improve bone density and skin texture in older females. All these benefits add up to DHEA being a great supplement for women. Journal of Fertility and Sterility
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Re: Healthy Aging and Hormones

Postby Canuck Singh » Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:40 pm

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a pro-hormone that is converted to **** steroids such as testosterone. Many athletes take DHEA to boost testosterone levels that can speed fat loss and muscle gains from exercise. Some scientific evidence supports the use of DHEA for this purpose.

A recent study on rodents demonstrated that the group given DHEA showed lower body fat, blood fats and insulin. The results lead the scientists to suggest that DHEA may have a role in improving body composition (more muscle and lower levels of body fat).

Another recent study on adult humans showed that after six months, the participants taking 50 milligrams of DHEA each day had less stomach fat and improved insulin function compared a group given a placebo. This study used older adults (65-75 years). One thing is certain; none of us are getting older! Particularly if you’re over 35 years old, DHEA may help boost your results from exercise.

Source: JAMA 292, 2004
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Re: Healthy Aging and Hormones

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:35 pm

Levels of the prohormone DHEA decline markedly after 30 and supplementation seems to be like a 'tonic' for women over 40. I have personally seen remarkable visual differences such as a 'toning' of muscles and limbs, easier body fat loss, glowing skin and hair. All without any adverse side effects.

For women DHEA appears to have an advantage over the other prohormone substrates as it is not as far down the chain in the manufacturing of testosterone as Androstenedione and the Nor's. Therefore, in supplement form DHEA has an "option" in which hormonal pathway it can be utilized. In its infinite wisdom, the body appears to direct this substrate to the pathways and mechanisms that it is most lacking, restoring them to more youthful levels.

Recent research on DHEA published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, 49:421-432,1998 reported this finding. In the older women DHEA supplementation not only restored the body's own levels to those of women 20 years younger it also increased the levels of other anti-aging compounds such as IGF-1 and testosterone, with no side effects.

Regarding supplementation with DHEA, women over 40 have everything to gain and nothing to lose. However, there is one problem with DHEA supplementation outlined in a letter in the Journal of American Medical Association (Nov 11, 1998). There are a lot of bogus DHEA supplements being sold at the moment. Of the total purchases of DHEA products from healthfood stores for this study, less than 50% of the supplements purchased actually had what the label claimed. Some had no DHEA at all!
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