DHEAS

What is DHEAS?

DHEAS is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands. It is converted to testosterone and estrogen. DHEAS is measured to evaluate adrenal function and certain adrenal tumours, signs of imbalanced hormones or excess facial and body hair in girls and women, or early puberty in boys. It may also be used to investigate symptoms like tiredness, weakness, & weight loss.

Why test DHEAS?

Health check
Discover your risk factors for lifestyle diseases in time to do something about them.

Monitoring
Monitor changes to your blood values as you make lifestyle changes, supplement or undergo treatments.

Symptoms
If you have signs and/or symptoms that may be due to the presence or too much male hormone.

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What do the results mean?
DHEAS results are evaluated alongside other test results.

What causes low DHEAS?
Low concentrations of DHEA-S could be caused by adrenal dysfunction or hypopituitarism, or a condition that causes decreased levels of the pituitary hormones that regulate the production and secretion of adrenal hormones. Normal DHEA-S concentrations, along with normal concentrations of other androgens, may indicate that the adrenal gland is functioning normally or (more rarely) that an adrenal tumour or cancer present is not secreting hormones.

What causes high DHEAS?
High levels of DHEA-S are common in women with PCOS. It could also indicate adrenal cancer or adrenal hyperplasia. Increased concentrations of DHEA-S are not diagnostic of a specific condition; they usually indicate the need for further testing to pinpoint the cause of the hormone imbalance.

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Values that are slightly outside the reference range can be normal. Reference ranges are not perfect and approximately 5% of healthy individuals may have results outside the reference range.

Instructions

The day before the test
Avoid fatty foods and alcohol today.

On the day of the test
Remember to take your ID. with you when going to take a test.


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