DHEA Sulphate Blood Test
A test to check your adrenal function
What is this test?
DHEA sulphate (DHEAS) is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that acts as a precursor to other hormones. A DHEAS blood test can help assess adrenal function, diagnose adrenal disorders or investigate signs of androgen excess. DHEAS is measured to evaluate the adrenal function and certain adrenal tumours and investigate the cause of virilisation (excess facial and body hair) in girls and women or early puberty in boys. It is also sometimes used in the investigation of Cushing's syndrome.
Symptoms of DHEA Sulphate imbalance can vary depending on the underlying cause. However, some of the common symptoms may include:
- Hirsutism (excessive hair growth)
- Virilisation (development of male characteristics in women)
- Decreased sex drive
- Weight changes
- Difficulty to concentrate
- Memory problems
- Skin thinning
- Dry eyes
- Hair loss
How long does it take?
The test turnaround is 24 hours.
Type of sample
What is included in this test
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Sulphate
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEA) is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It acts as a precursor to androgens and oestrogens. A DHEA blood test measures the level of DHEA in the blood.
The benefits of this blood test
- Check DHEA levels in your blood
- Receive GP doctor support
- Get lifestyle advice
Adrenal Function Assessment
The test evaluates adrenal gland activity, indicating dysfunction or disorders.
DHEA levels can be affected by age, stress, and certain medical conditions. The test identifies hormonal imbalances as DHEA regulates other hormones.
Evaluation of Certain Conditions
The DHEA blood test is used to investigate and monitor hormone imbalances related to PCOS, androgen excess disorders, and adrenal tumours.
Anti-aging and Wellness Assessments
As part of anti-ageing or wellness evaluations, some individuals may opt to have their DHEA levels checked for this reason.
Monitoring DHEA Supplementation
In some cases, DHEA supplementation may be prescribed to address deficiencies or hormonal imbalances. The DHEA blood test can help monitor the effectiveness of supplementation and ensure appropriate levels are maintained.
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