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DHEA and Melatonin in Greensboro, NC

Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center, P.A. offers DHEA and Melatonin treatments to the residents of Greensboro, Burlington, and surrounding North Carolina communities. Allow our staff at the Coley Cosmetic & Hand Surgery Center to help you discover the wellness program that’s right for you.

DHEA

Dehydroepiandrosterone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands and is derived from cholesterol.  It has many beneficial effects.  It is the building block for estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.  A recent study from the National Institute of Health published in 2002 showed that the only factors in humans that have been shown to prolong lifespan are caloric restriction and elevated levels of DHEA.  A study in the NEJM in 1992 proved that low levels of DHEA were associated with increased mortality from cardiovascular disease and cancer; higher levels were protective against heart disease and cancer.

DHEA improves the function of the immune system, improves brain function, relieves stress and has been shown to be a very potent anti-cancer supplement.  It increases energy and reduces body fat and cholesterol.  It has been show to increase insulin sensitivity, resulting in a protective effect against diabetes, and better control for those with diabetes.  It has also been effective in treating connective tissue disorders such as Lupus.

DHEA stimulates protein synthesis within the cell, which results in an increase in cell regeneration and an improvement of immune function.  Several studies in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and metabolism have proven the beneficial effects of DHEA in preventing cardiovascular disease.  It has been shown to improve quality of life.

DHEA is available over the counter, unfortunately, many of these OTC products are not pharmaceutical grade products.  DHEA should be in a sustained release micronized form which allows for better absorption over a 24 hour time period.

Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain.  It regulates our circadian rhythm as well as regulates the deep stages of sleep.  It is in these deep sleep stages that our immune system is stimulated.  The NEJM has published an extensive review about melatonin.  Melatonin has been shown to have a role in the biologic regulation of circadian rhythms, sleep, mood, reproduction, tumor growth and as an antioxidant.

Melatonin is available by prescription and over the counter.  Most of the OTC preparations are not pharmaceutical grade.  Dosing of melatonin varies; usually starting at 1-3mg  and titrating up as needed.  Occasionally, morning drowsiness may be encountered.  If this occurs, the dose may be reduced.

If you live in or around Greensboro, Burlington or the surrounding communities of North Carolina and would like more information on DHEA and Melatonin to learn how they can help you, please contact our office today to set up a personal consultation.

Written by Coley Cosmetic and Hand Surgery Center