Sunday, January 15, 2006

DHEA (dehydroepiandesterone)

The blood levels of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) are very high in young adults and decline dramatically throughout life. This dramatic decline leads scientists to speculate that DHEA may be involved in aging. The hormone appears to prevent breast cancer and to delay immune system disorders. In experiments, animals given DHEA weighed significantly less than the control group. This weight reduction could be the reason for the treated animals' longevity.
(see also AGING, BIOLOGICAL THEORY OF)
Kurz, M. A. "Theories of Aging and Popular Claims for Extending Life," in Aging, Goldstein,
E. C., ed. Vol. 2, Art. 88. Boca Raton, Fl: Social Issues Resource Series, Inc., 1981.

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