Hair Loss and DHT

Hair Loss
Hair loss is a dirty word, and an unwanted elephant in the room. When it comes to cool self-reliance, swag, and confidence in a man or a woman, leading the way and at the top of the list is that completely covered crown on the top of the head. Confidence of having a full head of hair is priceless. This condition affects at least 50 million men and 30 million women in the U.S. alone. This is not exclusive among just men, women are responsible for about 40 percent of the cases. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a major culprit in that hair loss.

The most common cause of balding is a natural inheritance by some mixture of genetics, hormone levels and just plain getting on in age. Losing hair is most often the result of DHT reacting to genetically susceptible scalp hair follicles that cause them to become smaller and disappear. Baldness can appear as early as the teenage years.

A problem that can diminish self-esteem, confidence and over-all morale, hair loss is one of the most embarrassing and frustrating problems that can happen to an individual. Complete loss or thinning is simply unacceptable among most, no one wants to be abducted into the unpopular B-word (baldness) club. The mental setback from early onset is very common, as well as depression. Most people experience an emotional shock when first discovered. Denial is the first response to the initial thinning. This condition of losing hair is quickly blamed on DHT, but there are several other causes. Thyroid, scalp infections, such as ring worm, skin disorders, tight pulling of the hair such as braids or pony tails, fever or medications, hats, nerves and a few other things can contribute. That said, almost always DHT and losing hair go hand in hand. It stands to reason that millions upon millions are being spent on remedies for hair loss prevention.

Hair loss as a result of DHT happens when the new hair is kept from growing and it actually clogging the hair follicle. As men and women get older they produce less testosterone and the body turns it into DHT, which is a steroid. A common culprit is 5 Alpha Reductase (5AR). 5AR is two enzymes, type 1 and 2. This can cause prostate cancer for men with a number of unwanted side-effects. As a body ages, a number of changes will become more prevalent.

It has been said that hair loss prevention could be successful by diet change such as not eating red meats, foods high in fat, and avoiding sugary products as well as staying away from junk foods, soft drinks, and dairy products high in fat. To reduce the levels of DHT, trying soybeans may be an option. Recent studies have shown that soybeans can actually lower the levels of testosterone overall in men. Pumpkin seeds contain high levels of phytosterols, and betasitosterol has been known to block the possibilities of DHT causing hair loss by blocking the enzyme 5AR. Green tea is suggested as especially effective as well. Massages are advised as well, and the latest trend is stem cell hair restoration. Whatever the avenue, for most people the best way to combat their hair loss is to combat the formation of DHT.

By Crystal Ball

Mayo Clinic
American Hair Loss Association

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3 Responses to "Hair Loss and DHT"

  1. Jennie   May 8, 2015 at 10:02 pm


  2. Harshal   March 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    how can DHT & AR react to loss hairs & what is the remedy

  3. Alan J. Bauman, M.D. (@DrAlanBauman)   February 17, 2015 at 4:26 am

    The most proven method for lowering hair loss-causing DHT is daily oral finasteride. It’s available in name-brand Propecia, generic and compounded FinPlus. Research proves that 90% of men get positive results. Seek an ABHRS-certified hair restoration physician to help track your progress–it takes months!


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