Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) - The devil in the wood pileDihydrotestosterone or DHT as it is known is a very potent hormone in the humane body. This hormone DHT is responsible for giving man his male characteristics when he is just a fetus in his mother's womb. To put things in the simplest of ways, all of us start out in the womb as females, a status decided on by nature. It is during the sixth week of pregnancy that DHT begins to form in the fetus by testosterone, the male hormone, combining with an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase. It is this DHT that stimulates the growth of the male sex organs and stems the growth of the female genitalia. Now just imaging what would happen if this DHT were to be a scarce commodity during this crucial stage of sex determination in the fetus!The anomalies of DHT deficiencyThe result of a deficiency of Dihydrotestosterone in the fetus stage will result in abnormal formation of male sex organs and will produce an infant which will be neither this way nor that, and if the male genitalia are fully formed then there may just be a lack of libido and probably complete sterility. Let us understand how this happens. Because males with a deficiency of Dihydrotestosterone are born with ambiguous genitalia, this condition is better known as 'Pseudohermaphroditism' the clinical abnormalities of this condition will range from infertility to underdeveloped male with 'Hypospadias' to predominantly developed female external genitalia. The uterus and fallopian tubes in this case are absent because of the normal secretion of the 'mllerian-inhibiting' factor and the testes are intact. Male internal ducts are present but terminate in a blind Pseudovaginal pouch or terminate on the perineum.How it happens5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone or DHT, is the cause of this very disturbing disorder. The conversion to DHT involves hydroxylation at the 5 carbon position of the 'A' ring of the steroid molecule. This change flattens the shape of DHT, permitting it to fit perfectly into the androgen receptor in a way that the hormone testosterone cannot. In this way, DHT is bound selectively to the androgen receptors in genital skin and fibroblasts, making its action necessary for the development of normal male genital anatomy in the fetus.There are therapies available but to what extent they are effective is difficult to say. www.procerin.com has information on the subject you could use and effective measures to tackle the problem of DHT deficiency as best as present day technology can permit.This Article is Originally Published here: Dihydrotestosterone - DHT
Short hair is old-fashioned. Thick and long hair is now in vogue. In the prevailing scenario, everyone has one question on their mind i.e. How to make hair grow faster? Healthy hair requires an optimal delivery of oxygen to breathe and penetrate. Adequate supply of nutrients from the circulatory system to the hair follicle is required for hair to grow faster. Hair if deprived of natural vitamins, proteins, amino acids and other nutrients may lack fullness, strength and luster thus hurdling the route to hair growth.Studies conducted earlier have stated that majority of the people are deficient in nutritional balance because of their busy lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. In order to keep pace with faster hair growth, a nutritional diet is mandatory. Increase the intake of green leafy vegetables in your diet. Drink plenty of water. This improves blood circulation to the scalp and hence helps hair grow faster.Hormonal imbalances also hinder the way of hair growth. A hormonal byproduct known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) gradually shrinks the hair follicles making them become dormant. Use natural hair care products to fight DHT and improvise hair growth. Gentle scalp massage twice or thrice a week promotes faster hair growth. Massaging scalp with almond or olive oil can supplement hair follicles with nutrients. In case you are experiencing a sudden hair loss, keep in mind that it may be due to acute stress or intoxication of the body due to the intake of some toxic metals. Therefore, get awareness on the pros and cons of a medicine before consuming it. Try to live a stress free life by doing yoga or meditation. Rely on the natural method of eliminating stress from your life. Do no be dependant on stress relieving medicines for this purpose.Vitamins are essential for hair to grow faster. So, pamper your hair with vitamin enrich shampoo. Limit the use of hair creams and gels on your hair. Deciding the right hair care product is important. With the increasing concern for hair growth a number of hair care products are available in the market. It is advisable to authenticate the product before buying it. You can consult your dermatologist in this effort.The occurrence of split ends is another stumbling stone in obstructing hair growth. Damaging of the protective part of hair called cuticle, results in the splitting of hair ends. As they cannot be repaired, get them removed.Trim your hair at regular intervals to promote faster hair growth.Mayonnaise and beer can effectively serve the purpose of a conditioner. Using them once or twice a week on you hair can help replenish adequate moisture in hair.A little care can help you get healthy and lustrous. Coddle your hair to help them grow faster.
What is hair weaving?Its the science of weaving or braiding human or synthetic hair to the roots of existing, healthy hair so that it grows along with natural hair, thus giving the impression of a thick growth. Its also called hair integration or hair intensification. Its a procedure appropriate for people with thinning hair. Its not something that requires a hospital visit; its usually done in salons as a temporary procedure.How does it work?Two or three shafts of hair natural or synthetic are woven into the root area. Some of the natural hair is woven or braided together to act as an anchor, to which the add-on tufts are sewn, woven, knitted or glued. The extensions have to be repositioned every five or six weeks as the natural hair grows out.Sounds Complex.It is. Apart from the sheer tedium of repeated surgeries, the procedure stresses the existing hair as well. Also, keeping the scalp and hair clean is a problem, as vigorous washing could loosen the new hair. The American Hair Loss Council advises the procedure only for people with plenty of healthy hair, and that too, for periods not longer than a few weeks. A patch test is essential to ensure the person undergoing the procedure is not allergic to any of the adhesives or implants used.Implants for the hairA non-surgical implant is the dressed-up term now used for a simple procedure that has been upgraded over the years. Actually, a non surgical implant describes the attachment of a hair system to existing hair with surgical glue, and subsequent trimming to ensure the add-ons blend with natural hair.What about more long-term solutions?Hair Graft. This is the most popular surgical method, but it can be done only on people who are partially bald. The results are permanent and can be achieved in four or five sittings. The procedure involves removing hair follicles from the back of the head (where the growth is the most persistent) and implanting them on the pate. This hair grows naturally, requiring no follow-up action. Itll never resemble a thick mane, but its presentable.Tissue ExpansionIt involves implanting silicon balloons with hair bearing skin on either side of the head. The implants are inside the skin over the ears so that the hair bearing part of the head expands. The expansions are then re-grafted in front of the head, so the hair appears to grow naturally from there.This calls for two surgical procedures, one at the time of implantation and the other for re-grafting.Any drawbacks to the surgical procedures?There may be swelling, bruising or mild pain inhibiting normal activity for a couple of days after the procedure. There may also be numbness on the back of the neck, from where a strip of skin is removed. Also, its important to remember that individual hair types and characteristics- such as wavy or curly hair- affect the results.
Causes Of Hair Loss In WomenIn the past few decades, hair loss in women has become a growing problem. More and more women are complaining of thinning hair. There are a number of reasons for this hair loss. Most often it is because of a hormonal imbalance, other times, hair loss is an after effect of surgery or pregnancy. Taking specific medications such as the birth control pill, blood thinners, or anti fungal medication can also cause hair loss in women. Women who have had chemotherapy treatment have also experienced hair loss. And these are just a few of the many causes out there.Diseases and Hair Loss In WomenThere are also certain diseases that can cause hair loss in men and women. One of the warning signs of diabetes is hair loss for example. Specific tests need to be done to rule this or any other disease out as a cause of hair loss before you take any further action.When Is Hair Loss In Women Normal?At any given point in time, hair experts predict that about seven to ten percent of a woman's hair is in a resting period. This resting period can last approximate two to three months. When the resting period is done, the hair falls out. New hair immediately starts to grow back, and could take up to 6 years to grow out. Hair expert theorize that approximately ninety percent of all hair is growing at one time. It is the normal to experience hair loss on a daily basis. Treat Your Hair With CareThe way hair is treated can affect hair loss. When hair is always tied back, either in pigtails or ponytails, it can cause a condition called Alopecia. This condition results in scarring on the scalp and new hair growth is prohibited.Often, women will have their hair permed or colored, to make it look better, but this can damage the hair beyond repair and actually cause Alopecia as well.Can Doctor Help With Hair Loss In Women?A medical doctor may be of assistance in the diagnosis of hair loss in women. A doctor will perform an exam and ask a series of questions to help with the diagnosis. It is important to answer all questions honestly. If it is needed, a biopsy will be ordered to rule out any type of cancer. Treatment Options For Hair Loss In WomenThere are treatment options for hair loss. It can be very simple. If the hair loss is due to medication, then a different medication can be prescribed. If the hair loss is due to infection or hormones, again medication can be prescribed. In the past decade, hair loss drugs such as Rogaine have been developed for hair loss for women. This medicine can be found in over the counter pharmacies everywhere. There are special doctors who can offer hair transplants to women, however, it is quite expensive, and virtually all insurance companies deem this elective cosmetic surgery and do not cover it.When All Else FailsWhen all else fails, there are specialty shops that offer custom made wigs, weaves, and hairpieces to accommodate any woman who wishes to have luxurious hair.
My nineteen year old daughter, Siobhan, has a beautiful head of thick copper colored hair. She was horrified this morning to find clumps of it coming out when she was washing it in the shower. I had noticed for a few weeks that the amount of red hair left in the shower was increasing, but just tried to make sure she was eating healthily.Losing your hair is a natural part of the aging process, obviously for men, but also for women, after the menopause. My daughter and I sat down that evening, after work, to talk about her problem.It turned out that she has been under a lot of stress at work recently, with extra responsibility being heaped on her because she is a willing worker. She has also had the usual share of boyfriend problems and a missed period. Combined with eating junk food five times a week and drinking half a bottle of vodka at a weekend this was playing havoc with her body chemistry.Stress can have all kinds of unexpected effects. It can cause stomach upsets, wind and skin disorders as well as the more well known ailments like asthma and headaches.I went to the chemist for a pregnancy test kit, attracting a few strange looks. Siobhan refused to go for one, so someone had to. She was not pregnant, so that was one big worry less. I explained to her that stress messes up a womans menstrual cycle and missed periods are commonly caused by stress.I made her write out what she had eaten each day over the past week. It was a horrifying combination of salt, sugar, alcohol, fat and monosodium glutamate. When it was all set down on paper she could see why her body was not functioning normally. It would be a miracle if it had been!We went to the fridge and freezer with a large black bag. Everything that was less than totally healthy went in the bag. This included oven chips, ready meals, pork chops, bacon, butter, full fat milk and cheese.I rang my older daughter, Bernie, to come and take the bag away, that she could have it all because we no longer needed it. The grandchildren would love all the forbidden treats.Siobhan and I made out a diet list for the week. This consisted of fruit, vegetables, salads, fish, chicken and vegetarian meals. We made a shopping list and went out there and then to buy everything we needed.The next morning we both took the day off work, sick, and carried on our life-style change discussion. Exercise works well in reducing stress levels, so we rang a gym and agreed to go down that afternoon to look around.Next we looked at our alcohol consumption. Bernie got a box of wine and vodka bottles, she could not believe her luck.Siobhan and I have a way to go yet, but we have made a start on reducing her stress levels, and it is always easier to make lifestyle changes if you have company.We still have to look at her relationship problems and work induced stress, but we have made a good start.