Sunday, September 9, 2007

Why Some People Go Bald and Others Don't

A lot of men as well as women fear the thought of going bald. Baldness is something that is common among men. Male baldness creates a feeling of stress, embarrassment, anxiety, and other different psychological complications. Baldness also increases distress. When male baldness shows up at an early age, it will really become harder to cope up with the emotional problems that will arise. Several research have shown that bald men are not getting any improvement with their physical well-being. There are a few bald men who are considered to be sexy. Some of the famous sexy bald men are Patrick Stewart, Sean Connery, Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, and Yul Brynner. But most men prefer to have hair on their head. They would do anything to keep it.

Androgenic alopecia or just alopecia is the medical term used for male baldness. This is considered to be the most common type of baldness. Because of the excessive conversion of testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone or DHT hormone, hair thins out in a kind of progressive manner. How much hair loss occurs varies from one person to another. An occurrence of just a minor hair loss like a few bald patches on the scalp, beard, and some of the time, the eyebrows is known as alopecia areata. Total baldness occurs when the person has alopecia totalis. This type of person has no hair at all on the head. The most extreme from of baldness is known as alopecia universalis. The person has no hair on the entire body.

So far, there is no known cure for male baldness. There have been clinical trials on the use of herbs which can be used in baldness treatments. One of these herbs is saw palmetto. Baldness in men is linked to DHT. It is primarily used to treat various problems with the reproductive and urinary system. The herb has been determined to lower DHT levels inside the body. This is especially true when combined with oral finasteride or Propecia. Baldness or specifically the conversion of testosterone to DHT is significantly reduced when these two are combined. The combination of saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol is also used to treat men with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Studies have also shown that these two elements reduce baldness in men and possibly in women.

Although larger studies are needed to support the findings of the use of saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol, these findings, nonetheless, provide a glimmer of hope to millions of men and women who suffer from baldness. The use of herbs provides a natural approach in baldness treatments. More importantly, pregnant women are advised not to use saw palmetto without any medical supervision. It has not been proven yet if the herb is safe to use during pregnancy.

By David Sprake

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