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.
What might a low result mean?
DHEAS gradually declines from the age of 30 onwards.
Low levels of DHEAS may indicate adrenal dysfunction and could contribute to a low libido, fertility problems and in women, osteoporosis.
What might a high result mean?
A raised result in women may contribute to hirsutism (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.
Raised levels are often seen in individuals who supplement with DHEA.