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DHEA, Dehydroepiandrosterone, is a steroid hormone produced from cholesterol by the adrenal glands. Chemically, it's very similar to testosterone and estrogen and is easily converted into those hormones. It affects all areas of health and wellbeing.
After they are produced, DHEA enters the bloodstream, and travels around the body before being absorbed in our cells. It is then converted into male hormones, known as androgens, and female hormones, known as estrogens.
DHEA levels in the body naturally decline as you get older. However, there is currently research in to whether lower levels of DHEA can explain certain age-related ailments such as heart disease in older men, its ability to boost the immune system, and whether it can help in managing diabetes and easing lupus symptoms.
This blood test is for anyone wanting an accurate measure of the steroid hormone DHEA.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
DHEAS is the sulphated form of DHEA, a hormone which is produced by the adrenal glands and is responsible for male characteristics in both men and women. DHEAS gradually declines from the age of 30 onwards.
A raised result in women may contribute to hirsuitism (excess hair) as well as male body characteristics. It can also be raised in polycystic ovary syndrome.
In both sexes raised DHEAS may indicate Cushing's disease (when the body produces too much cortisol) as well as a possible adrenal tumour.
Low levels of DHEAS may indicate adrenal dysfunction and could contribute to a low libido, fertility problems and, in women, osteoporosis.
Raised levels are often seen in individuals who supplement with DHEA.
We will send you your DHEA Sulphate finger-prick blood test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample option during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your DHEA Sulphate test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your DHEA Sulphate test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your DHEA Sulphate test results.
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