Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a naturally occurring pro-hormone produced by the adrenal glands, gonads and the skin. DHEA, the most abundant pro-hormone in the body, is one of the building blocks of hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and about 50 others that drive our energy, mood, muscle tone, fat, quality of sleep, mental sharpness, sex drive and more.
We produce more and more DHEA from birth to adulthood and in our reproductive prime. But after about age 25, both males and females make less each year for the rest of our lives; by age 50, people make only half as much.
Men and women notice symptoms from a gradual decline in hormones after about age 35 such as poor sleep, lack of energy, susceptibility to infections, more colds and flu, loss of muscle tone and weight gain. These signs may be accompanied by a loss of focus and mental sharpness, decreased libido, thin papery skin and age spots and wrinkles. In looking at natural remedies for menopause symptoms, many women have discovered DHEA to be effective. It facilitates the production of androgens and estrogens in the body. The skin, or dermis, is the largest organ of the human body and the site of many biological processes. Most DHEA processing actually occurs in the skin. DHEA supplements can be found in pill and cream form, however pills are rendered inert by the liver, so a properly made bio-identical DHEA cream is preferable. The cream should be applied on the skin each day to safely support the body’s natural hormone production.
Many sleep issues experienced during menopause are caused by declining hormone levels. A decrease in estrogen production can cause women to experience hot flashes. Subsequent lack of sleep can lead to depression, loss of skin elasticity, loss of cognitive function, weight gain, impaired ability to make decisions and increased risk of conditions including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.