Currently there are stories in the news about DHEA. A small number of pituitary patients may be prescribed DHEA.
What is DHEA?
DHEA is a naturally occurring hormone that comes from the adrenal gland cortex – the outer layer of the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland cortex is controlled by the pituitary gland, which is the master gland in the body controlling other hormone glands and lies underneath the brain behind the eyes.
Why would pituitary patients be prescribed DHEA?
People who lack pituitary or adrenal function may be advised by an endocrinologist to take DHEA for their health and well-being in doses that lead to levels in the circulation that are in the normal physiological range.