Men that are suffering from male pattern baldness, a condition that is known medically as androgenetic alopecia, are typically losing hair because dihydrotesosterone (DHT) which is a by-product of testosterone causes the follicles on the scalp to shrink. This effect will eventually cause the hair in these follicles to grow thinner until the follicles are no longer able to produce hairs that are healthy enough to make their way above the skin, making the skin look bald.
There are few treatment options that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to correct this problem. Finasteride, sold under the name Propecia, can block the conversion of testosterone to DHT which can help to slow down the process of shrinking hair follicles. Minoxidil or Rogaine can be used to increase the supply of nutrients to the scalp to help slow down the shrinking of the follicles. Both of these treatments are helpful, but neither is able to help restore patches of follicles that have shrunken completely. Only expensive, invasive procedures such as transplants can be used to restore hair to these areas.
Vitamin D Baldness Cure Updates for 2013
Studies in 2013 are indicating that a vitamin D baldness cure may be effective in helping those that are already bald regrow hair in these areas. Scientists who have been looking into the science behind hair growth have determined that hair follicles on the head will produce hair for 2-6 years before going dormant for weeks or months at a time. Those that have male pattern baldness have hair follicles that never return from this dormant stage, preventing new skin growth from developing follicles that would produce hair in this area. The key to this process is the vitamin D receptors that keep hair developing follicles in a healthy way.
Vitamin D Baldness Cure Research
A vitamin D baldness cure is currently being researched at the University of San Francisco. One team discovered a molecule known as MED that suppresses vitamin D receptors that are used to grow hair. Blocking MED in mice was found to help them grow more hair over time. A similar study at Harvard Medical School discovered a molecule that is essential to stimulating vitamin D receptors, allowing them to in turn stimulate more hair growth in the test subjects. Japanese researchers built on this research, adding vitamin D to stem cells and managed to convert skin cells to follicles that were able to start growing hair.
While it does appear that getting an adequate supply of vitamin D is the key to keeping healthy hair, a vitamin D baldness cure appears to depend more on how the body uses this nutrient rather than getting a specific amount of vitamin D into your system. Ongoing research that will be continuing on into 2014 will help researchers understand exactly how this process works so that it will be easier to develop cures that take advantage of the benefits of vitamin D for re-growing hair and preventing those that are at risk for going bald from losing their hair.
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