Dehydroepiandrosterone : Biological Effects and Clinical Significance

  title={Dehydroepiandrosterone : Biological Effects and Clinical Significance},
  author={Alan R. Gaby},
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone secreted in greater quantity by the adrenal glands than any other adrenal steroid. For many years, scientists assumed that DHEA merely functioned as a reservoir upon which the body could draw to produce other hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. However, the recent identification of DHEA receptors in the liver, kidney and testes of rats strongly suggests that DHEA may have specific physiologic actions of its own. Circulating levels of… CONTINUE READING


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