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What is DHEA Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA for short) is a natural steroid hormone mainly produced by the adrenal cortex, but can also be produced by the brain.  DHEA is a precursor hormone to other hormones like testosterone and estrogen.  Its sulfunated form (DHEA-S) is the most abundant steroid hormone circulating in the bloodstreamDHEA levels fall continuously with age.  By the time people are 70, their DHEA levels are roughly 15% of their peak values when they were 25.   Low levels of DHEA are highly correlated with:

  • Cognitive decline
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor cardiovascular health
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Low libido
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • All-cause mortality
  • Inflammatory diseases

What Are The Benefits of DHEA Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Problems with the pituitary gland or damage to the adrenal glands may cause low production of the DHEA hormone.  Several studies suggest that DHEA replacement therapy may help:

  • Improve mood, fatigue, and well-being
  • Boost libido in women
  • Weight loss
  • Aging
  • Raise levels of the sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
  • Improve ED in men
  • Improve vaginal dryness in postmenopausal women
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Better insulin regulation
  • Improve total fat and LDL
  • Treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease

Under functioning ovaries in perimenopausal and menopausal women, the adrenals have the heavy burden of taking over a lot of the hormonal work. Therefore, it’s important to sustain the adrenals before, during, and after menopause.

One study demonstrated that DHEA supplementation can increase platelet cyclic guanosine-monophosphate concentrations (a marker for nitric oxide production) and can activate the vascular endothelial cell signaling pathway. This, combined with an induced boost in nitric oxide can also benefit vascular endothelial function, arterial stiffness, and insulin sensitivity.

Additionally, DHEA replacement therapy can indirectly aid in weight management by reducing chronically elevated cortisol levels in patients. It can also reduce the drastic age-related decline in IGF1, a hormone that plays a crucial role in growth, development, and metabolism.


    Beso Wellness provides a unique oxytocin hormone replacement therapy that is tailored to the individual needs of their patients. We use a combination of synthetic and bioidentical oxytocin, which is identical to the natural hormone found in the body. This allows the therapy to be more effective, as it is better able to mimic the body’s natural hormone levels.

    Beso Wellness also provides support and guidance throughout the hormone replacement therapy process. They work closely with patients to monitor their progress and make adjustments to the therapy as needed. They also provide education and support to help patients understand the therapy and how to manage their symptoms. Please contact our office now to schedule your consultation with a hormone replacement specialist.


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