Have you been losing hair mysteriously? This article takes you through DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) and how it causes hair loss. Also, it touches on DHT Blockers, medications that inhibit DHT.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a male sex hormone (androgen) that develops certain male characteristics such as muscle mass, body hair, and deep voice. DHT causes hair loss by shrinking hair follicles to cause pattern baldness.
How Does DHT Cause Hair Loss?
Testosterone works alongside 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme found in the hair follicle gland, to convert to DHT. For men with a hereditary baldness disorder, DHT binds to receptors in hair follicles to cause shrinking of the follicle.
Hair loss through DHT happens in four stages;
Anagen is the first phase of hair growth. It takes place anywhere between 2 to 6 years. The longer this phase lasts, the longer your hair grows. The majority of people have their hair in this phase.
Catagen lasts between 1 to 3 weeks. During this phase, hair follicles renew again for another growth phase.
During the Telogen phase, the hair follicle remains for around 1 to 4 months. Anagen begins as soon as telogen comes to an end.
In the Exogen phase, new follicles push out the existing hair out of the pore, allowing new growth. However, DHT miniaturizes the new hair follicles, causing premature male baldness. The resulting anagen phase gets long, as no new hair follicles are produced.
DHT blockers inhibit the conversion of testosterone to DHT.
What are DHT Blockers?
DHT blockers are the most effective treatments for this form of hair loss. Finasteride, a 5α-reductase inhibitor, helps reduce male pattern baldness. It can stop premature baldness when taken during the early stages of hair loss. In some instances, it causes hair growth, although in reduced numbers.
While DHT blockers do not minimize block DHT in your scalp, they keep testosterone levels high. This inhibits 5α-reductase enzyme such that testosterone remains in its original state. With DHT blockers, the 5α-reductase enzyme cannot convert testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, hence a normal hair growth phase.
The Bottom Line
DHT is the male hormone that causes male pattern baldness. If you have been experiencing hair loss, DHT blockers will help you significantly. Transitions Hair Loss Centers prides themselves on having cutting edge hair loss technology, while giving you many hair loss solutions to choose from. To find a studio near you click here.
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