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Correlation between DHT and Male Hair Loss

One of the chief causes of male hair loss is a condition called male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia). For centuries, men have been desperately searching for a treatment to stop hair loss. They have tried everything from herbs to concoction of animal waste but to no avail. Success was not achieved because they were unable to identify the cause of male hair loss. It is only recently that the scientists have been able to research the cause of male pattern hair loss. They have discovered that male pattern baldness has a strong connection with DHT.

DHT or dihydrotestosterone is a derivative of the male sex hormone testosterone. The testosterone is naturally converted into DHT because of the action of an enzyme called type II 5-alpha reductase. While some amount of DHT is present in all men, in some men the DHT levels reach higher than normal. In men who have high levels of DHT, some DHT travels to the scalp where it attaches to the hair follicles. This DHT has a damaging effect on the hair follicles; it shrinks the follicle, causing the hair to fall out. Eventually the follicle becomes dormant and the growth of new hair is inhibited. If the DHT levels are not checked, the condition worsens causing men to suffer from partial or even complete baldness.

Thanks to the advancements in medical science, we now have medicines through which we can block the excess conversion of testosterone to DHT. Propecia finasteride is an FDA approved medication for male pattern hair loss that can effectively reverse male pattern baldness by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Propecia manages to do this as it belongs to a class of medicines called type II 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. Propecia inhibits the action of enzyme type II 5-alpha reductase and thereby puts a check on the conversion of testosterone to DHT. This helps to lower the DHT levels and thereby controls hair fall.

How to Fight Hair Loss

hair lossHealthy hair is essentially dead at its length, but it is actually attached to a living reproducing structure- the root, which is situated just below the surface of the scalp. Living cells within the root produce hair and, if not properly nourished, their ability to make hair is badly affected. As we age, there are some physical changes that will inevitably take place and unfortunately, hair loss could be one of them. Hair loss or baldness could strike men and women alike. The usual sign is thinning at the crown and temples first followed by wider hair loss of the scalp thus being more visible.

Although hair loss is not a serious condition or a disease, many who suffer from it often feel bad about their loss and can suffer from low self-esteem and low confidence. It not only makes them feel unattractive but it can also hamper depression. Excessive hair loss can be caused by hormonal problems if female or male hormones (estrogens and androgens) are out of balance. Correcting the hormone imbalance may stop your hair loss. Your hair may also fall out if your thyroid gland is overactive or underactive. Depending on the cause of hair loss, you can stop it by determining the root cause and with a professional help, get the appropriate approach for solving the core issues of baldness. There are recommended procedures that have been proven effective that may also work for your individual needs. With these techniques, you are sure to find one that will help you through your journey in regaining not only your hair, but also your confidence and self-esteem.