Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a naturally occurring compound within the body that is the precursor to testosterone and estrogen. As women age, the natural decrease in estrogen can cause many symptoms, from an elevated risk of osteoporosis to a loss of libido. Supplementing DHEA, either in pill or cream form, can offset some of the decreases in estrogen and improve symptoms.
Decreased bone density from less estrogen is one of the potentially serious problems that occur as women age. In many cases, the decrease in bone density goes unnoticed until a fall or other incidence causes a fracture. To help prevent osteoporosis, consider taking DHEA supplements in addition to having routine bone scans. Depending on your risk factors, your doctor might recommend screening at an earlier age if you are at a high risk for osteoporosis. If you are post-menopausal, taking daily DHEA supplements in pill form may be useful, especially when combined with other bone-health lifestyle changes like increased exercise and supplementing other micronutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D.
Some women are concerned about the appearance and texture of their skin as they age. Many of these issues are related to decreased collagen production, which can make skin sag and appear less radiant. Choose DHEA creams that are appropriate for application to the face and/or body. DHEA is believed to stimulate collagen production and can make the skin appear more youthful and minimize sagging or other textural changes. Another benefit of DHEA is it may increase the production of natural oils in the skin. Since the natural production of sebum can decrease over time, DHEA's ability to increase production can translate into smoother, more radiant skin.
Decreased estrogen and testosterone is also associated with changes in body composition. Sometimes women notice that building muscle becomes even harder as they age, and they tend to accumulate more body fat. DHEA can be used to help with body recomposition. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise program, supplements may increase your ability to burn excess fat and also aid in the ability to gain lean body mass. Building muscle as you age will increase your metabolism and can help ward off increases in body fat. Additionally, increased muscle mass is also associated with a lower risk of osteoporosis.
Women who either have abnormally low estrogen or are post-menopausal may benefit from using DHEA in cream and/or supplement form. Adding DHEA to other healthy changes may negate some of the effects of decreased estrogen. For more information, reach out to a DHEA hormone cream supplier.