Dihydrotestosterone

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in Beverly Hills, CA

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is converted from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase and is the primary hormone responsible for sex drive. However, high levels of DHT often also causes hair loss or “alopecia.” Those with a strong family history of baldness or thinning hair likely have hormone-related alopecia, also known as “androgenic alopecia.” This usually results from increased activity of enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, resulting in lower levels of total and free testosterone, and higher levels of DHT.

The mainstay of treatment for androgenic alopecia is finasteride (brand name Propecia), which inhibits 5-alpha-reductase and thus decreases levels of DHT. The downside of this medication is that decreasing DHT sometimes results in decreased sex drive. Fortunately, the use of supplements like saw palmetto or other hormones such as progesterone and/or thyroid hormone either instead of or in combination with finasteride may help preserve sexual function while still having the desired effect on hair loss.
their thirties to reduce the signs of aging.

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