Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an androgen. An androgen is a sex hormone that contributes to the development of what are thought of as “male” sex characteristics, such as body hair. But it can also make you lose your hair faster and earlier. DHT also plays a role in some of the same sexual functions and physiological processes as testosterone, but it’s actually much stronger. DHT can bind to an androgen receptor longer, increasing the impact of testosterone production throughout your body.
Male pattern balding, also called androgenic alopecia, is one of the most common reasons that men lose hair as they get older.
Women can also experience this type of hair loss, but it’s much less common. About 30 million women in the United States have this type of hair loss compared to 50 million men.
Sex hormones in the body are believed to be the most significant underlying factor behind male pattern hair loss.
There are treatments meant to slow the onset of male pattern baldness by specifically targeting DHT. Let’s discuss how DHT works, how DHT relates to your hair and to testosterone, and what you can do to stop, or at least delay, male pattern balding.
DHT vs. Testosterone
Testosterone is the most abundant and active androgen in the male body. It’s responsible for numerous sexual and physiological processes, including:
- Regulating androgen hormone levels throughout the body
- Regulating sperm production
- Preserving bone density and muscle mass
- Helping distribute fat throughout the body
- Regulating your mood and emotions
- DHT is an offshoot of testosterone. .
How to reduce DHT ?
There are plenty of medications for DHT-related hair loss, and many of them have been proven to work by specifically targeting DHT production and receptor binding. There are Three main types blockers : These prevent DHT from binding to 5-AR receptors, including those in your hair follicles that can allow DHT to shrink follicles
Inhibitors. These reduce your body’s production of DHT.
Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia) is an oral, prescription-only medication. It’s documented as having at least an 87 percent success rate with few noted side effects.
Finasteride binds to 5-AR proteins to block DHT from binding with them. This helps keep DHT from binding to receptors on your hair follicles and keeps them from shrinking.
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is known as a peripheral vasodilator. This means that it helps widen and loosen blood vessels so that blood can more easily pass through.
It’s typically used as a blood pressure medication. But minoxidil can also help promote hair growth when it’s applied topically to your scalp.
Biotin, or vitamin H, is a natural B vitamin that helps turn some of the food and liquids you consume into energy your body can use.
Biotin also helps boost and maintain levels of keratin, a type of protein present in your hair, nails, and skin. Research isn’t conclusive as to why biotin is important to your body’s keratin levels. But a 2015 study suggests that biotin can help hair regrow and keep existing hair from falling out.
You can take biotin as an oral supplement, but it’s also present in egg yolks, nuts, and whole grains.
P.S I have personally used Biotin and Minoxidil it works like a charm for hair loss. However, you must consult a dermatologist first to understand the reason behind Hair Fall.
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