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The body's natural levels of DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) decline with age (usually after age 30) and it is possible that supplementing with DHEA may delay or reduce some signs of aging by boosting the body's immune system function.
DHEA supports natural testosterone production because it is a precursor to testosterone, which the body can convert into testosterone through several steps. The body produces DHEA naturally, but it declines with age, so you will have less at age 60, 70, and 80, than you had at age 20 and 30. Research has shown that DHEA levels at age 40 are only 50 percent of what they were at age 20. By age 65, DHEA drops to 10 to 20 percent of optimum levels, and by age 80, DHEA can fall to less than 5 percent of optimum levels. Supplemental DHEA can often help bring low testosterone levels into a normal range.
DHEA offers a range of anti-aging benefits, in part by promoting weight loss and increasing muscle mass. But it has also been associated with promoting healthy brain cells (which may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease) and with preventing bone loss (which may reduce the risk of osteoporosis). DHEA is an anti-aging multi-tasker—it can improve erectile dysfunction, chronic fatigue, and even skin aging.
In addition, people with end-stage kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, and anorexia have shown low levels of DHEA, and DHEA has shown some scientific promise as a treatment for patients with dysfunctional adrenal glands.