Is Baldness Actually Good For Your Health?
According to studies conducted by scientists in the US, men who have signs of baldness by the age of 30 are apparently less likely to contract prostate cancer.
The study was conducted by scientists at the Washington School of Medicine. 2 thousand men, aged between 40 and 47, were asked a series of questions – such as when they started to lose hair, and if baldness runs in the family.
By the end of the study, researchers were able to make a link between high levels of testosterone in men that began to lose their hair before their 30s and a lower risk of tumours developing.
Around 50% of the men that were studied, as documented in the Cancer Epidemiology journal, had suffered with prostate cancer at some point by they were 47 years of age. Comparisons were made with those that said they had started to lose their hair by the time they reached the age of 30 and the rate of tumours between them.
The participants that had bald spots starting to develop on the tops of their heads, as well as developing receding hairlines, had less risk of developing prostate cancer. Specifically, between 29% and 45% of men saw a reduction of risk.
Around a third of all men will have baldness of some kind, as is believed by many researchers. This number rises sharply to 50% by the time men are aged 50. The big question, what causes hair loss in the first place?
When follicles are exposed to excessive amounts of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), they become ‘miniaturised’ and this leads to baldness. DHT gives men their characteristics, but clearly there is a thing such as too much of a good thing. Aside from the suggested benefits of lowering the chances of developing prostate cancer, of course.
Experts believe that men that test for high levels of the hormone are more likely to lose their hair; this chance is increased where baldness is a common familial factor.
Those that suffer from prostate cancer are often treated with drugs to reduce their testosterone levels. These hormones can speed up the growth of tumours, once developed, so reducing their production is an important step in the treatment process.
Where this study fits in is that it has strong suggestions that higher levels of testosterone, at younger ages, can protect against the risk of developing prostate cancer in the first place.
If accurate, the results of the study could prove to be very useful. Providing greater understanding of how testosterone hormones can affect different parts of the body.
Obviously, simply reducing the amount of DHT in the body is not going to ‘cure’ male pattern baldness; if that was the case then there would be a single instance baldness in men anywhere.
Maybe one day research such as this could lead to preventative treatments, or even ‘cures’. In the meantime there are treatments such micropigmentation – contact us today for more details.
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