Oct 062012

Testosterone, the male hormone partially connected to Hair Loss.

Testosterone along with the enzyme, 5 alpha reductase, will produce DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This DHT hormone will attach to a hair follicle. By doing this, it blocks nutrients from getting to the hair strand and the hair follicle.

testosteroneThis will eventually cause the hair strand to fall out and the follicle to die. This type of hair loss is known as androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness (MPB) and/or female pattern baldness (FPB).

In men, testosterone is created in the testes. This production will begin in the fetus at about the eighth week. This hormone is responsible for the development of the male’s deep voice, and the growth of his hair, muscles and bone. Also it is the key hormone responsible for a man’s sex drive.

In women, testosterone is made in much smaller quantities in the ovaries. It is mainly responsible for a woman’s sex drive

Controlling Testosterone And Hair Loss – In my research I did not find any medicines or drugs that targeted testosterone to stop MPB or FPB. Most of what I found targets the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme. This enzyme is produced in the prostrate gland and adrenal glands.

I found that two herbs, Saw Palmetto and Pygeum will block DHT. Saw Palmetto is probably the best known of the two. It is believed to act in two ways. First it lowers DHT by blocking the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme. The second way it helps with controlling androgenetic alopecia, is by blocking receptor sites needed to absorb DHT.

Pygeum comes from the African continent and is the bark of the African evergreen. It acts by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, thus helping to stop the development of DHT.

If you are going to use either Saw Palmetto or Pygeum, you will have better luck in stopping MPB or FPB by using the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug Minoxidil. This is approved for use by both men and women dealing with MPB or FPB.

Another FDA approved drug is Propecia. This is taken in pill form, but is not approved for use by women since it may cause birth defects.

Conclusion – Testosterone plays a major roll in causing MPB or FPB by interacting with the enzyme, 5 alpha reductase. This creates DHT which blocks nutrients from reaching the hair follicle and hair strand. Those herbs and drugs used to control pattern baldness do not attack testosterone but mainly the 5 alpha reductase enzyme.

Jimmy Chase started losing his hair when he turned 50. He has done lots of studies on loss of hair, in both men and women, to determine what works and what doesn’t. He has successfully stopped his hair loss and has even re-grown some of his hair. He wants to help other people learn what he has learned, on dealing with loss of hair and re-growing hair.

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