Dehydroepiandrosterone - Definition

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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands located above the kidneys and called the "hormone of youth". It is involved in the development of sexual characteristics and stimulates the breakdown of fats. The amount of DHEA in the blood naturally decreases with age. It seems that DHEA administration can lead to an improvement in the condition of the skin and bones, but this has only been proven in elderly women, where there has been controversy over its use toward "anti-aging".