DHEA Can Help Menopause, Hot Flashes & Sex Drive

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DHEA & Menopause

For several decades now, DHEA, marketed under the name Prasterone has been used in Europe to treat menopause related depression. In Italy a combination of Estrogen and DHEA, known as Astenile, is being used to treat hot flashes and other forms of menopausal discomfort.

DHEA is a precursor of estrogen. This means DHEA is converted to estrogen in the body. Supplemental DHEA in postmenopausal women therefore appears to be a way of increasing estrogen levels naturally.

Preliminary findings indicate that DHEA offers a lot of the same benefits of estrogen, but without many of the potentially harmful side effects of prescription estrogen.

dhea and menopause modelDHEA Increases Sex Drive & Helps with Hot Flashes

A small-scale study from the University of Pisa in Italy shows that DHEA may help as an alternative to traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for women who are effected by menopause.   This study concluded that DHEA in small does can elevate sexual interest and help reduce the hot flashes that are so common among menopausal women.

According to lead author, Andrea Genazzani, "This is the first time that a controlled trial has shown that low doses of the hormone DHEA may be able to help women deal better with menopausal symptoms, as well as helping their sex life. The work shows that DHEA has potential, especially for those women who may have problems in taking more conventional HRT. But this is a small study, a proof of concept. What we need to do now is to look at a larger study, to confirm that these initial results are valid".

A recent study published October 11, 2018 in the journal Endocrine  was carried out on particpants which were premenopausal with an average age of 41. Results showed that DHEA and testosterone levels increased following DHEA supplementation and results also showed  a 17% increase in desire, a 12% increase in arousal, and an 8% increase in lubrication.

DHEA Improves Bone Health for those at risk for Osteoporosis

Edocrine Today in June 2009 reported that Edward Weiss Phd associate professor of nutrition and dietics at Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University reported that “Our data provide compelling evidence to suggest that older women with osteoporosis or those at high risk for developing osteoporosis should discuss with their physicians the possibility of taking a 50-mg per day DHEA supplement to improve bone health,”

DHEA Helps with Menopausal Weight Gain

 A number of animal studies and several  human studies have shown that DHEA has positive effects on lipid levels and body fat content; especially around the abdominal region. DHEA also protects against insulin resistance another contributing factor to gaining weight. MORE>


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