Men's Health: Reasons for Hair Loss in Men
Hair loss can stress you out, male pattern baldness even more. Stress is one of the contributors of hair loss in men. But DHT, a chemical, is also responsible for hair fall and balding in men. Our skin expert, Dr. Udhay Sidhu helps you understand how DHT is linked to hair loss in men.
“DHT is a chemical derivative of testosterone. Testosterone is converted to DHT with the help of an enzyme known as 5 alpha reductase. DHT is the main culprit of hair loss in men," explains Dr. Sidhu.
So what really happens? “Hair follicles which are genetically sensitive to DHT begin to shrink and ultimately 'miniaturisation' occurs which if continues results in hair loss,” elaborates Dr. Udhay Sidhu.
Since DHT is the main cause of hair loss in men, how can you reduce DHT? Before we get the solution, you ought to know that the following advice should be taken into consideration after you consult your personal doctor. “DHT can be reduced by FDA approved Finasteride and Minoxidil. But both of them can cause considerable side effects, thus it should be started strictly and only on doctors prescription,” says the dermatologist. Do not self medicate to avoid drastic side effects.
But you can also try these natural methods to prevent hair loss:
Your hair draws nutrition from food. If you favour high calorie junk food, then your hair hardly gets any nourishment and tends to break or fall. However, this doesn't mean that you need any exotic healthy ingredients.
Simply include fish and proteins that are rich in essential amino and fatty acids, opt for fresh dark green veggies, munch on nuts like almonds and walnuts, and go for whole grains in your diet. These ingredients are mostly part of an Indian kitchen, so make use of these materials to strengthen your hair.
Avoid scalding hot water baths.
Water intake is important for healthy hair.
Exercise is crucial for a healthy scalp and hair - Not only does physical exercise improve metabolism, weight control and general health, it also improves the quality and texture of your hair and skin. Apart from this, the added benefits of increased blood circulation through exercise also relieves you of stress - another cause for hair fall. Therefore, avoid stress and poor health, and you will avoid hair fall.
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