Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is an essential building block in creating estrogen and testosterone, key sex hormones that tend to decline as we age. And when our precious hormones begin to deplete over time, those seven dwarves of menopause begin to rear their ugly heads: Itchy, Bitchy, Sleepy, Sweaty, Bloated, Forgetful, and All Dried Up! So, naturally, we want to remedy hormone imbalances as quickly as possible. Low levels of this hormone are often linked with undesirable fat accumulation, especially in the danger zone around the waistline.
But there are other benefits to keeping your DHEA levels in a more youthful range. There are several studies that point to DHEA as a possible factor in reducing heart-attack risk, alleviating depression, enhancing your sex drive, and regulating your immune system.
DHEA shows really great promise in helping you slim down — a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2004 showed that people taking DHEA supplementation lost more weight than those in the placebo group; furthermore, they lost a sizable portion of their abdominal fat. And it can also help you reduce insulin resistance and bring levels of active cortisol down, both of which can aid in the weight-loss fight. Its insulin-regulating feature can make it especially valuable for people who have type-2 diabetes.
But hold on! Before you go rushing to your nearest health-food store to grab a DHEA supplement, you need to consult a doctor and get a comprehensive blood test done to check your hormone levels, so you can be sure to take the proper dose. Once your hormones are balanced and your body is supplemented with youthful levels of DHEA, losing weight will be much easier than you anticipated!