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Dihydrotestosterone and hair loss

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Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is an androgen that is synthesized from testosterone. It plays an important role in development of male characteristics, both primary and secondary. DHT is also present in the body of females but it’s not really for significant to them.

DHT receptors are present in testes, prostate, adrenal glands and hair follicles and so the hormone strongly controls growth and development of these organs.


Role of DHT in men

Men are highly sensitive to this hormone as too little or too much can have a major impact in their sexual health. In the former case, a male fetus would have underdeveloped genitals, lack of body hair and pubic hair and absence of masculine structure. Similarly, too much DHT also has negative impacts which invariably are androgenetic alopecia or male pattern of baldness and enlargement of prostate gland.


Role of DHT in women

High levels of DHT can have dramatic side effects in women because this is basically a “male hormone”. However, women might develop sensitivity to DHT due to problems in thyroid gland, vitamin deficiency, poor diet and many more. A major consequence of rise in DHT in women is – female pattern of baldness. Since hair follicles have DHT receptors too much of it can shrink and kill the follicles. Apart from this, one would also face problems with acne, absence of menstrual cycle and visible growth of facial hair. This problem could be hereditary as well.

Too little DHT is not really harmful for women, except it might delay puberty a bit.


Balancing DHT in your body

You might require treatment for your condition as induced by too little or too high DHT. Diet also contributes to balancing your DHT levels and in this regard you can eat soy products, iron and vitamin B rich foods, and green tea to control DHA and slow down balding.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: September 03, 2014