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Posts for: November, 2010

By contactus
November 24, 2010
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A group of Spanish doctors evaluated men with male pattern baldness and compared them to men with a full head of hair. They found the balding men had prostates that were 34% larger than those of the men with full heads of hair; that their urine flow was 32% less; their symptoms of difficulty with urination were significantly higher, and PSA scores also higher than men with a full head of hair. All of these factors led the researchers to conclude that the balding men had early-stage BPH -- and they didn't know it.
Male-pattern baldness, which accounts for almost all hair loss in men, results from a genetic malfunction that causes hair follicles to become more susceptible and shrink in the presence of dihydrotestosterone. Over time, the affected hair follicles stop producing hair. The chemical 5-alpha-reductase also plays a key role in the development of BPH. When testosterone is converted to the more potent dihydrotestosterone by 5-alpha-reductase, it can cause the prostate to enlarge, eventually leading to BPH and LUTS.
Prostatic enlargement that causes lower urinary complaints is often treated with finasteride (Proscar), a 5-mg dose taken daily which blocks 5-alpha-reductase and very slowly starts to shrink the prostate. Men with complaints of male pattern baldness are also treated with finasteride (Propecia), but in a 1-mg dose that effectively lowers dihydrotestosterone levels in the scalp by as much as 60% when taken daily, helping to stop hair loss in more than 85% of the men who use the drug.
This study suggests that patients with male-pattern baldness should talk with their doctors about any urinary symptoms they may be experiencing so they can take preventive measures.
Bottom Line: If you are losing your hair, you may want to check with your doctor about your urinary symptoms and if you have prostate enlargement, you might consider treatment with Proscar or Propecia.