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Sunday, January 29, 2017

DHEA for Stress

“Stress” - We know stress is bad for health. Work, appointments, bills to pay, conflicts with family or friends can cause stress in our lives. Every day it seems like it’s something else...some new situation to add some more stress.

When we’re young, the challenges seem easy to deal with; but day after day, year after year the stressed life just keeps up the challenges. What’s going on in our body when we live a high stress life? What’s going on in our body that allows stress to have a harmful effect on our health? What causes this?

It is well known that chronic long term stress can cause health problems and increase the risk for many diseases of aging. What if you could do something about it?

Recent medical research (Dr Lennartsson, et al) shows that people with high levels of stress at work have significantly lower DHEA levels. The study concluded that “…a reduced level of DHEA is the reason people under greater stress have more health problems and accelerated aging. (1) So High Stress = High cortisol and Low DHEA = More health problems.

This link between high stress and poor health makes sense. When we are under stress the body produces cortisol, intended to protect the body, via the “fight or flight” protective mode. This is an inflammatory response. Triggered by stress, cortisol is a hormone produced by the body to create a protective, inflammatory response. Unfortunately, when maintained day after day, the protective effects of elevated cortisol begin to have negative effects over time. So if stress becomes a recurring chronic thing, “sustained high cortisol levels destroy healthy muscle and bone; slow down healing and normal cell regeneration; co-opt biochemicals needed to make other vital hormones; impair digestion, metabolism and mental function; interfere with healthy endocrine function; and weaken the immune system.” (2) Elevated cortisol levels also make it easier to gain weight and frequently cause poor quality sleep at night.

As humans age, the body produces ever increasing amounts of cortisol. However, after age 25 we make less and less DHEA. DHEA is the only thing in the body that counterbalances the negative effects of cortisol. So, for men and women alike there is an important cross-road in the aging process when we make too much cortisol and not enough DHEA. According to John R. Woodward, M.D., “When the DHEA to cortisol ratio is less than 10 to 1, the diseases of aging are occurring.”

So do something about it. Apply Twist 25 DHEA cream onto thin hairless skin morning and evening each day, and maintain a healthy balance to stave off the effects of stress and high cortisol. Twist 25 DHEA cream provides what the body makes, where the body can use it. Use Twist 25 DHEA cream. Make your own hormones. Counter the harmful effects of cortisol.

(1) Lennartsson AK, Theorell T, Rockwood A, et al. “Perceived Stress at Work is Associated with Lower Levels of DHEA”. PLOS. Aug 28 2013.

(2) Pick, Marcelle. “The Destructive Effect Of High Cortisol Levels” Women to Women destructive-effect- of-high- cortisol-levels/

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