DHEA

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DHEA [Dihydro-epiandrosterone] is a steroid hormone produced mainly by the adrenal glands. Free DHEA enters the cells of peripheral tissues, where it is converted into androgens [male sex hormones] and oestrogens [female sex hormones]. DHEA also modulates the immune system and has anti-aging properties.

Most of the DHEA in the blood is bound to protein, and thus inactive. The salivary DHEA test measures only the free, unbound hormone, which is clinically more relevant. When measured together with salivary cortisol, one can evaluate the effect of stress on the body.

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