CAN I GET A DHEA-S LAB TEST AT ANY LAB TEST NOW?
Yes, you can.
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected.
WHAT IS A DHEA-S LAB TEST?
The DHEA‐S Test helps in evaluating your adrenal gland function.
Your adrenal glands are two small pieces of tissue that sit atop each kidney. They produce and release certain regulatory hormones and chemical messengers, one of which isDehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate or DHEA‐S for short. It’s a natural steroid hormone produced from cholesterol and it purpose is to serve as a precursor to male and female sex hormones. This hormone is also associated with immune and stress response.
Results will depend on sex, age, and other disorders that you may already have.
WHY DO I NEED A DHEA-S LAB TEST?
Some research indicates that DHEA‐S may cause higher than normal levels of androgens and estrogens (sex hormones) in the body, and may increase your risk of prostate, breast, ovarian, and other hormone‐ sensitive cancers.
OTHER RELEVANT LAB TESTS:
Customers interested in DHEA‐S often choose to upgrade to one of the following Value Panels (which include the DHEA‐S in them): Growth Hormone Panel, Comprehensive Male Panel, Comprehensive Female Panel, Male Health Profile orFemale Health Profile.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
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HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
Elevated results could indicate congenital adrenal hyperplasia, adrenal cancer, or Cushing’s disease. Elevated levels of DHEA‐S are not used to diagnose a specific condition; it usually indicates that further testing is needed to find the cause of the hormone imbalance.
LOW RESULTS INDICATE:
Low levels of DHEA‐S could indicate Addison’s disease or adrenal hypoplasia.
WHAT IF MY LAB TEST RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT OF RANGE?
With abnormal levels of DHEA‐S, seeing your primary care physician is the first step. You may need a referral to an endocrinologist after further testing.