DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the hormone responsible for male pattern hair loss. A man produces the hormone testosterone. The body then breaks down this testosterone into the metabolite hormone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Before and during puberty this DHT is used by the body for other physiological functions of development. But after puberty this DHT really has no physiologic use. It is however still formed and produces effects that are less than desirable. One of those is hair loss.
If one has the genetic receptor inside the hair follicle for the DHT hormone, it will attach to the receptor and cause miniaturization of the hair follicle over time. Eventually it will cause total destruction of the hair follicle and baldness results. You either have the genetic receptor in the hair follicle or you don’t. Men who don’t lose their hair still produce the DHT hormone. It is just that they don’t have the receptor for it in their hair follicle so it can’t cause thinning or baldness in that person.
You can’t get rid of the DHT hormone altogether, but you can decrease the production of it. This is accomplished through taking the oral pill Propecia (finasteride 1mg). Propecia blocks some of the production of DHT by inhibiting the converting enzyme that changes testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. If the production of DHT is inhibited then its effect on the hair follicle is inhibited as well.
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