Helps to determine adrenal gland function and is an indicator of sex hormone (androgens and estrogens) production.
DHEA is a hormone that derives from cholesterol and is a precursor to the male and female sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. DHEA levels can help determine, in part, adrenal function. DHEA levels can also help diagnose certain tumors and cancers associated with the adrenal gland and help diagnose adrenal hyperplasia.
High levels of DHEA indicate that further testing is needed. High levels may indicate a problem exist, but it will not pinpoint the specific problem. Low levels of DHEA may indicate adrenal insufficiency or dysfunction, hypopituitarism or Addison disease.
Is Fasting Required? No
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