The process of becoming bald takes not years but decades. Not everyone might know that about 80% of the men world’s population might suffer from this to a different degree. Baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia as it is called in Dermatology, is a genetic and a hormonal process: you need to have a specific genetic predisposition to respond specifically against a certain androgen called DIHIDROTESTOSTERONE. It is not stress nor a deficit of vitamins that cause hair loss in both men or women but this genetic predisposition.
Because we cannot change genetics today, the only strategy in treating Alopecia is to prevent the synthesis of too much of this hormone called DIHIDROTESTOSTERONE (DHT), and this we can do first of all because we don’t need it in adult life and secondly because we have inhibitors of the conversion of its predecessor hormone called TESTOSTERONE.
DHT is needed in embryonic life and early childhood to develop sexual features but it only causes problems in adult life. We know that high levels of DHT is associated with higher prostate cancer, high blood pressure, cardiac problems such as higher rates of heart strokes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Inhibitors of TESTOSTERONE conversion into DHT are FINASTERIDE, DUTASTERIDE and a natural component of palmetto, a Brazilian palm tree men take to prevent prostate problems. All these can be taken, applied or injected in the scalp. The advantage of the injection is that it will be confined to the hair follicles and higher concentrations will be achieved. The disadvantage is that it is a little bit painful and you have to visit your doctor. But the benefits outcome by far the risks.
What people might not know about finasteride is that there was a study performed almost 20 years ago with a group of 18,800 men aged 57 and above for 7 years. Half of them were taking 5 mg of Finasteride and the other half were taking a placebo. The surprise came when after that period of 7 years they discovered that men taking the FINASTERIDE had a 25% reduced prevalence of Prostate Cancer. What you might be scared of can actually save your life.