Thursday, 20 September 2007

Hair Loss

Hair Loss - is it curable?
Today I am going to depart from the subject of Art to discuss a subject of interest to many men or mothers with sons. Androgenic alopecia, 'receding hairline', or 'receding brow' can start as early as the end of puberty.
It is interesting that in ancient times it was discovered that men who were castrated as a result of accidents in battle never went bald, neither did that eunuchs, or castrated males. Conversely, however, research show that blond, caucasian males are more likely to develop hair loss than dark-haired men.
Recent studies are pointing towards dietary triggers -particularly high-fat diets which seem to increase DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a highly active form of testosterone. Products such as Provillus, a herbal product made from the berry, 'Saw Palmetto' claim to block DHT from getting to your body. This product has also been used to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy, or enlarged prostate. No long-term studies have been done on this product however.
Another natural product which claims to block DHT without reacting with testosterone is Procerin.
It is important to read reviews before committing yourself to a course of treatment. Though these products are based on natural products and can be bought off the shelf does not mean they can be used without medical advisement. It seems for these treatments to work, the body should be in a fit and healthy state and a good healthy diet containing lots of vitamins needs to be in place before maximum results are achievable.

1 comment:

Hair replacement said...

I had read your blog, interesting. I have some information about DHT and want to share with you.
Genetic factors predominate in cases of male pattern baldness.Those who are genetically predisposed to baldness have testosterone in their hair. The hormone gets converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by the enzyme 5-apha reductase. DHT slows hair production, and the hair produced is weak. In many cases production of new hair ceases completely, resulting in hair loss, and ultimately total baldness. Another cause of male pattern baldness is stress.Among the several methods of medical hair restoration follicular unit transplantation is considered the most effective and therefore widely used. The surgery, which is performed by a professional surgeon, involves transplanting hair from the permanent zone in the back of the scalp onto the affected areas.

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