DHEA hormone

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is the newest piece of the hormone puzzle. It is converted to estrogen and testosterone in the body and is therefore known as a "prohormone". Levels of DHEA steadily decline throughout adulthood. Studies suggest that DHEA supplementation can improve overall sense of well-being, inhibit osteoporosis, and stimulate weight loss for people with low levels of the prohormone.

DHEA appears to play a critical role in sexual vitality. For men, it is involved in erectile function. A study published the Journal of Urology revealed that as DHEA levels fall, incidence of ED increases. In women, DHEA seems to affect sexual drive and pleasure. One clinical trial found that supplementation with the prohormone effectively raised testosterone levels, increased sexual interest and frequency of sexual thoughts, and enhanced sexual satisfaction among a group of women with low DHEA levels.

Despite these promising signs, it's important to exercise caution when considering DHEA supplementation. Clinical trials are still limited, and most of those have been short-term tests conducted on animals or small numbers of people. Preliminary research indicates that DHEA may raise cholesterol levels, cause liver damage, and increase the risk of certain types of cancer. Because of the current lack of scientific knowledge, many doctors advise against the use of DHEA at this time.