Prevention-Why Do Castrated Men Never Go Bald?

January 16, 2019 by zitavass0

Note-This content only presents overviews of hair loss 
prevention research for educational purposes and does not 
replace medical advice from a professional physician.

The best start to preventing hair loss is understanding the 
basics of hair: what it is, how it grows, what system 
malfunctions can cause it to stop growing.

Most common hair loss comes under what has been commonly 
known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). Although referred to 
as MPB, females suffer a similar syndrome, so it is more 
properly called androgenetic alopecia. Although hair loss 
is not life or health threatening, it can cause serious 
problems with a personâEUR(TM)s psyche and self-confidence. There 
has been no absolute cure found for hair loss, and many 
factors of hair loss are hereditary, however there are 
several preventative measures one can take to maintain 
healthy hair and scalp.

Although both men and women can suffer significant hair 
loss, over 50% of men will suffer with Male Pattern 
Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, at 
some point in their lives. The reason behind hair loss is a 
genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone 
(DHT) and 5-alpha-reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase 
converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the 
substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.

Hair loss has been noticed and studied throughout the ages, 
and some interesting discoveries were made in ancient 
times. For one it was noticed that eunuchs: those males 
without genitals-never went bald. Men who were castrated as 
a result of accidents in battle also never went bald. This 
was the first indication that testosterone had something to 
do with hair loss. It has also been found that the more 
recessive the hair gene, the more propensity toward 
baldness one has.

Some common myths have arisen concerning hair loss. Because 
of medical advancements many of these myths are being 
addressed and corrected. For starters, although 
androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is genetic and 
therefore can be hereditary, it is not passed down through 
only your motherâEUR(TM)s side of the family. Either side of the 
family can pass down the genetic disposition toward 
baldness. Also, contrary to old family tales, wearing hats 
does not cause baldness either.

Beyond the genetic propensity of certain people toward hair 
loss, there seems to be various dietary triggers that 
activate the process, a notion that is promising since this 
can be controlled.

The effects of high-fat diets and the increase of DHT 
(Dihydrotestosterone), a chemical produced by the body 
found to cause hair loss, is not conclusive at this time. 
However, there does seem to be a connection; as societies 
that consumed relatively low-fat diets such as pre-World 
War II Japan experienced almost no pattern baldness, 
whereas in post-World War II Japan there is an increase in 
pattern baldness as their society consumes a higher fat 
diet. In fact, Asian and African men in their native 
countries traditionally suffer very little Male Pattern 
Baldness (MPB). Although when the same peoples come to 
North America, they begin to develop MPB.

Because people of all races and ethnicities tend to develop 
MPB or androgenetic alopecia, yet do not exhibit these 
tendencies before moving to America, changes in diet may be 
a leading contributing factor. Diets high in fat do 
increase testosterone, which is the main component in DHT. 
More research needs to be done on this topic to reach 
conclusive evidence, although it certainly could not hurt 
to lower oneâEUR(TM)s fat intake.

There are a number of foods and substances to avoid and 
limit the intake of. Substances such as alcohol, caffeine, 
sugar and nicotine can deplete the body of nutrients and 
raise adrenal levels, which will cause a chain reaction of 
producing more androgen and causing hair loss. High levels 
of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked 
to increased DHT levels and their consumption should be 
limited. Additionally, common table salt has been linked to 
hair loss. And the average diet provides the recommended 
amount of sodium intake; therefore, salt should never be 
added to food. However, when using salt for seasoning 
during cooking, be sure to use salt with Iodine being that 
it is a nutrient that is vital to hair growth as well, 
unless you are a regular consumer of seafood, which 
contains high levels of Iodine.

Although hair loss can be caused by many other variables, 
lack of proper nutrition will assuredly cause hair loss in 
many people. Fortunately, adopting a proper diet that 
includes the proper nutrients can reverse hair loss caused 
by malnutrition. One thing for certain, regardless of 
whether your hair loss was caused by malnutrition or not, 
adopting a healthier diet will help the function of other 
areas of the body.

There are some methods that have been used that prevent 
hair loss on some people, in addition to the dietary 
improvements, there are some naturopathic remedy 
suggestions. Massage and aromatherapy have been used with 
some success. In minor cases of temporary hair loss, hair 
growth can be stimulated by massage, since blood and oxygen 
flow to the scalp must be healthy in order for hair to 
grow. A blend of six drops each of lavender and bay 
essential oils in a base of four ounces of either almond, 
soybean or sesame oil massaged into the scalp and allowed 
to sit for 20 minutes has been used by aroma therapists to 
stimulate the scalp. Once the mixture is in the scalp for 
20 minutes, wash your hair and scalp with your normal 
shampoo mixed with three drops of bay essential oil. 
Massaging the scalp in general for a couple of minutes a 
day can stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and in 
mild cases stimulate some hair growth. Of course, one must 
be careful to be gentle when massaging and not tug at the 
hair or use the fingernails when massaging the scalp. If 
one is concerned about fingernails getting in the way due 
to extra long fingernails, there are several options. One 
is a flat-handed massage, which while not as effective as 
the finger massage can provide some circulatory benefits 
and results.

There are several electric massagers on the market that 
have an attachment for scalp massaging as well. An oriental 
method called Qi Gong (pronounced Chi Kung) has been used 
to increase circulation to the scalp and face also. The 
fingers should be placed at the center of the skull base 
and then begin to tap approximately 30 times. Work your way 
outward toward the ears continuing to tap gently. After 
reaching the ears go back to the center of the skull a 
little higher up and work your way around to the ear 
region. Keep going up about eight levels, each time 
repeating the process.

There is a definite connection between the prostate and 
hair loss for men, and therefore a connection between 
breakthroughs in BPH treatments developed and their 
effectiveness in restoring hair growth. There have been 
some herbalists that have experimented with the herb Saw 
Palmetto in order to block the production of DHT in 
treating BPH. Although most studies of Saw Palmetto have 
been for the treatment of prostatic disease, more recent 
studies have been conducted on its effectiveness in 
treating loss. The herb has been found to work in fighting 
benign prostatic disease by lowering levels of DHT, which 
is a known cause of androgenetic alopecia. Studies have 
shown Saw Palmetto extract is an effective anti-androgen 
and therefore there is promise for its effectiveness as an 
effective treatment for hair loss prevention.

Rosemary and sage are two herbs that have shown benefit 
traditionally when used externally. It is suggested that to 
promote a clean scalp, stimulation of the hair root, and 
thickening hair one should boil together in water rosemary, 
sage, peach leaf, nettle and burdock. Then strain the loose 
herbs from the liquid and use the liquid to wash the hair 
daily. Also recommended is steeping one ounce of ground 
rosemary, two ounces of ground sage, and a half ounce of 
ground nettles in one pint of ethyl alcohol for a week, 
straining the solution and adding one ounce of castor oil 
and one ounce of water to the liquid. This is said to make 
a great hair lotion to apply at night before bed or just 
before shampooing.

Hair is a living protein, and as with any living part of 
our bodies we must be sure to maintain proper health to 
optimize our chances of maintaining a healthy head of hair. 
Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining healthy hair, 
since the hair is a living and growing part of the bodyâEUR(TM)s 
system. Viewing it in this manner can help us to treat our 
bodies different and raise expectations through proper 
care. A healthy balanced diet, occasionally with the help 
of vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise are all key 
components to a healthy regimen of maintaining healthy 
hair.

There is an obvious link to hair loss and prostatic health 
and this only increases the pace of hair loss discoveries. 
Most treatments for prostatic diseases such as benign 
prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also have the pleasant side 
affect of growing hair on the heads of those taking it. 
With the pace of research and discoveries today, there is a 
great deal of optimism in the field of hair loss prevention 
and treatment. Hair is an important part of our dress and 
appearance, therefore a large part of our self-esteem. It 
is likely that there are answers for your situation 
presently or coming in the near future.

Remember, the restoration of hair growth is not an 
overnight process. The process takes time regardless of the 
method chosen. Be patient and follow as much of the advice 
given by professionals as possible. Keep in mind that the 
body is a system, and it is the abuse of this system by 
food intake and environmental causes that lead to most 
common hair loss.


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