First, androgenic alopecia is hypersensitivity to the sex hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is thought to cause the hair follicles to shrink until they can’t produce any more hair. Dr Simran Deo has approved six strategies to help prevent further hair thinning and baldness. Current medical research does not guarantee a way to prevent hypersensitivity to DHT. However, treatments are available that can block the production of the enzyme that turns testosterone into DHT.
Nutritionally balanced diet
Dr Deo approved a “good, nutritionally balanced diet” as one of the strategies to prevent hair loss.
Addressing any underlying nutritional deficiencies can help encourage hair growth.
This is especially true of a vitamin A deficiency, which can be remedied by eating:
- Oily fish
- Milk and yoghurt
- Sweet potatoes
- Red peppers
“You need to help your body out by giving your cells, organs and bodily tissues all the vitamins and nutrients they need to create healthy hair,” certified Dr Deo.
Intense periods of stress can lead to temporary hair loss, which can be resolved when the stressor is effectively mitigated.
Male pattern baldness – androgenic alopecia – can’t be stopped entirely, but these strategies will help.
As a last resort, the last strategy to consider is to pay for a hair transplant.
Hair transplants involve taking hair from healthy areas of the patient’s scalp and implanting them into areas affected by hair loss.