There's more people suffering from male pattern baldness than you think and you don't need to suffer in silence. Do you have DHT hair loss? Here's everything you need to know from the DHT (dihydrotestosterone) definition, to its side effects and how to treat it.
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What is DHT?
What Causes Dihydrotestosterone
So does testosterone cause baldness? The answer is not really. The DHT hormone, also known as Dihydrotestosterone, is a chemical derivative of testosterone created when the metabolism of androgen gets involved with an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. Primarily formed in the prostate gland, testes, adrenal glands and hair follicles, DHT is very important in the early stages of development. However, DHT can have serious negative effects in adult life and actually the main cause of hair loss in both men and women.
Dihydrotestosterone production is essential for the development of male characteristics such as facial hair during puberty, libido and even aggression. However, in adults, it can be the cause of acne, prostatic hypertrophy which is enlargement of the prostate, and androgenetic alopecia.
Dihydrotestosterone Effects: DHT Hair Loss
Hair loss and DHT go hand in hand and is the main cause of hair loss but how? Dihydrotestosterone levels restrict the hair follicles ability to produce hair growth. It does this by preventing proteins, vitamins and minerals from nourishing the follicles, making them unable to sustain life and also causing them to shrink. Due to this, hair growth is at a slower rate. This will shorten the growing phase or lengthen the resting stage. Each cycle will grow thinner and thinner hair until it stops growing completely and you have DHT/ dihydrotestosterone baldness.
DHT Treatment & How to Stop DHT Production
It is important to stick to a healthy, clean diet in order to keep your hair healthy, however this won't counteract the effects of DHT hair loss. Only medicinal drugs known as 5α-reductase inhibitors (dihydrotestosterone inhibitors) are a Dihydrotestosterone hair loss treatment as they increase blood flow in the follicles and curb the production of DHT in the body. Minoxidil can help the hair grow back. There are side effects as with all medication.
DHT and Hair Loss
- DHT is a chemical derivative of testosterone
- Will prevent nutrients from getting into the hair follicle, resulting in thinner hair and eventually, no hair.
- 5α-reductase inhibitors (a DHT drug) will help prevent further hair loss stop DHT in its tracks. Minoxidil can help the hair grow back.
On That Note
So if you were wondering what DHT hair loss is, now you know. And if you are suffering from DHT hair loss, don't give up! There are options to prevent it, stop it and help regrow the hair back. Thanks to technological advancements they are medicinal ways to stop it and help recover from the damage.