DHT is important to men not only because of its role in hair
loss, but for its role in prostate problems.
Controlling the production of DHT will not only ward off hair
loss in men, but it can also reduce any enlargement of the
prostate as well as offer protection for prostate cancer.
Natural products like saw palmetto, pygeum, nettles, pumpkin
seeds, etc. offer many prostate health benefits. And unlike
propecia they do not have adverse effects on the libido like
erection problems and loss of sexual desire. Saw palmetto
is even believed to be an aphrodisiac.
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Another important factor related to hair loss but that it
also affects your health is hearth disease. We know that cholesterol
affects DHT because bad cholesterol can be converted into
the enzyme 5 alpha reductase which in turn produces DHT from
testosterone. So lowering bad cholesterol levels can prevent
hair loss and improve heart health. In addition, there have
been studies that strongly link hair loss and heart disease.
After reviewing 30 years of hair-loss and heart-
disease data collected from more than 2,000 American men,
researchers from the University of Texas at Houston and Boston
University found that those with the least hair also had the
highest risk of dying from heart disease. Another study of
872 Italian factory workers found that those who were balding
had higher cholesterol levels than did the men who didn't
show signs of hair loss.
Hair loss and heart disease are evidently linked. "Bald
men are more than three times as likely to suffer a heart
attack as men with a full head of hair," says Peter Proctor,
M.D., Ph.D., a dermatologist and research pharmacologist in
Houston. The connection is likely due to nitric oxide, a naturally
occurring chemical that prevents blood clots and dilates blood
vessels (two keys to avoiding heart attacks). Nitric oxide
also seems to foster hair growth and erections. When atherosclerosis
damages the walls of your blood vessels, it causes them to
produce less nitric oxide. Some physicians think this deficiency
also may trigger hair loss.
"If your blood-vessel linings aren't damaged by atherosclerosis,
normal hair growth might continue," says Dr. Proctor.
So eating a low-fat diet and plenty of fish (which deliver
heart-healthy omega- 3 fatty acids), and exercising three
times per week won't just keep you thinner and alive longer
-- it might stop you from losing your hair.
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- If you ever needed an additional reason to quit smoking,
this may be it. Smoking contributes to your hair loss.
By the time smokers turn 40, many sport the withered hair
follicles of much older men. Smoking may play the same role
in hair loss as it does in heart disease, says Dr. Proctor:
Tobacco smoke damages the linings of blood vessels, which
produce less nitric oxide, and this might short-circuit
Smoking also constricts blood vessels and hinders circulation,
says Wilma F. Bergfeld, M.D., head of clinical research in
the department of dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic. Diminished
blood flow "ages" hair follicles prematurely.
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