DHEA for Men and the Benefits
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone that is produced in the liver and the testes. As a hormone, DHEA does less than most other hormones, but one important function that it has is acting as the material your body uses to eventually produce testosterone. Because of this, DHEA is actually very important for your body’s natural hormone balance, where declining levels of DHEA will result in reduced levels of other vital hormones.
What DHEA Does
Some of the functions of DHEA include reducing inflammation, which can help to prevent infection as inflammation can cause diseases to spread more easily. DHEA also encourages your body to produce nitric oxide within blood vessels. Nitric oxide helps to control blood flow throughout your body by diluting blood vessels, so lacking in DHEA could increase the risk of heart disease or erectile dysfunction. Having too little DHEA can have several symptoms, including:
- Joint pains
- Reduced libido
- Reduced muscle mass
However, the most vital, and perhaps most subtle, application of DHEA is its use in your body’s testosterone production. Because of the way DHEA is used by your body, having more than you need can act as a sort of reserve amount that the cells in your body can tap into to convert it into testosterone when needed. Because of this, having low DHEA can increase the chance of having low testosterone, and DHEA remaining at low levels can even reduce the effectiveness of attempts to naturally improve your body’s testosterone production.
DHEA is an important hormone for your body, especially for hormone regulation. However, DHEA treatments cannot replace the need for other treatments, such as testosterone replacement therapy for low testosterone. The rate at which DHEA converts into testosterone can vary greatly between people, and directly addressing the lack of other hormones is both faster and more effective. Likewise, DHEA treatments should not be ignored, as they can act as a powerful supplement to go alongside other hormone replacement therapies and may aid in keeping your hormone levels in a healthy place.
DHEA treatments can aid your body in many ways, including:
- Improving memory
- Improving the immune system
- Increasing levels of testosterone
- Increasing stamina levels
- Reducing body fat
- Restoring lost muscle mass
The first step in addressing a suspected DHEA deficiency is being tested and ensuring that a hormonal imbalance actually exists. If you believe you may have a deficiency, contact us today to get started on a treatment plan to identify and address the problems that are causing these hormonal problems, as well as providing some relief from the unwanted symptoms.