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When talking about hair loss, you may have heard of a word called Dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT. DHT contributes to hair loss because it causes hair follicles to shrink over time. This causes the follicles to stop producing thick, strong hairs and to instead produce thinner and finer hairs. Gradually, this will lead to baldness.
Real Causes of Hair Loss
How is DHT produced in the body? DHT is a derivative of the male hormone testosterone. Around 10% of testosterone is converted into DHT every day. So people reason that a high level of testosterone will cause a high level of DHT. This has developed the myth that high levels of testosterone is the root of hair loss. In fact, this is not the case.
People in their 20’s have the highest levels of testosterone and they usually don’t have hair loss. As people age, testosterone levels dip. Receding hairlines and baldness are a lot more common in men in their 40’s and over. Research says 40 percent of men over the age of 40 are balding and have lower testosterone levels.
High levels of testosterone is not the cause of hair loss. The truth is balding guys have a higher level of hormones like DHT, female hormones, stress hormones such as cortisol and those hormones are the real causes of hair loss.
These negative hormones and hormone imbalances will lower testosterone levels and can trigger side effects such as hair loss, “man boobs”, less muscle, depression and more belly fat.
How to increase testosterone Levels?
To prevent or reverse hair loss, you need to increase the level of testosterone and decrease the level of negative hormones at the same time.
Then how to increase testosterone levels?
First, you can lift weights 3-4 times a week at less than 1 hour at a time. Second, you need to keep intense cardio to a low level because it will lower testosterone and increase negative hormones. So, a brisk walk for thirty minutes every day is enough cardio. Third is to keep a healthy diet through eating natural fats in their raw form such as eggs yolks, nuts and seeds and avocados. Finally, you need to get more sleep and rest, as sleep is extremely important for balancing hormones.
How to reduce DHT levels
To reduce hair loss, at the same you increase testosterone levels, you need to keep it high and prevent it from being converted to negative hormones such as DHT.
There are drugs on the market to cure hair loss and bring back your hair such as proscar, propecia and avodart. These drugs work by inhibiting the 5 alpha reductase enzymes from converting testosterone to DHT. However, there are serious side effects that could come with them. These DHT inhibitors can cause depression, even suicidal thoughts and reduce your sex drive and libido.
Although these drugs can help you get back your hair temporarily, they can cause much more serious health issues. Therefore, many people stop using these drugs and seek other solutions for hair loss.
Easiest solution to cover hair loss
Alternatively, there is the option of having a hair transplant or simply wearing a hair system.
Hair transplant surgery can be a painful process as well as expensive. Comparatively, wearing a toupee, which is also called a men’s hair replacement system, is often the most economic and safe choice to avoid you from needles, knives and several months’ waiting time.