Unfortunately, if DHEA levels are not maintained over time, there are many detrimental effects on physical, psychological and emotional well-being.
DHEA is the most abundant prohormone or base building block for hormones. There is an interesting process that yields it in our bodies. DHEA is not found in most animals but is very important in human biology. The study of hormones and metabolism is a specific field of internal medicine known as endocrinology – the study of hormones and what goes on in the balance. This involves carbon chain metabolism in the “cascade” of metabolism in the human body.
Human metabolism coverts large carbon chain molecules into smaller more specific ones to carry out the various functions of the body.
Cholesterol is derived from acetate. From cholesterol the body makes pregnenolone. Each phase of metabolism removes a carbon chain. When this happens we go from acetate to cholesterol; then from cholesterol we make pregnenolone. From pregnenolone comes DHEA, and then from DHEA other carbon chains are removed by the body to make hormones like androstenedione, testosterone, estradiol, and 50 other hormones.
This is why DHEA known as a pro-hormone; a precursor or base building block from which hormones are made.
Hormones drive many aspects of our lives. How we feel, how we act, mood, energy levels, feeling of well-being, how we interact with others, sex drive, how we sleep, fertility, immune response, cardio-vascular function, neural function.
DHEA is primarily produced by the adrenal glands, and sex organs or gonads and the dermis (skin).