Dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA) is a hormone produced mainly in the adrenal glands.
Many older adults take DHEA supplements to slow the aging process, maintain muscle mass and strength, and promote sexual performance. A review of literature by Polish researchers concluded that DHEA supplements provide many benefits during aging. Well-controlled studies found that DHEA strengthnes the immune system, reduces fat accumulation, strengthnes the skin, reduces cholesterol, improves energy levels, enhances insulin sensitivity and strengthnes bones. Low levels of DHEA increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death. DHEA is a legitimate and useful supplement for aging adults.
(Drugs, 74: 1195-1207, 2014)