DHEA stands for dehydroepiandrosterone, it is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands that helps to balance cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that is also produced by the adrenal glands. When levels of DHEA get too low, the human body loses its ability to combat all types of stressors. This DHEA deficiency leads to diseases of all types. In fact, decreases in DHEA can be seen in every known disease.