Hair Loss - Growth Hormone vs. DHEA

Robert Luly luly at netcom.com
Sat Jan 14 10:23:34 EST 1995

SForsgren (sforsgren at aol.com) wrote:
: I am trying to understand as much as possible about those reactions within
: the body which cause male pattern baldness.  I understand that
: testosterone is converted to dihydrotestosterone via the 5-alpha-reductase
: metabolite.  Other than that, I know of lots of products that cost lost of
: money (some good / some not so good) that I am trying to better my
: situation with.  In fact, I believe the root of the problem to be one of
: balance and nutrition, but I do not feel completely educated on all of the
: internal areas.

: Here are a few basic questions I have that I would appreciate any
: responses to:

: 1) DHEA (Dehaydropiandrosterone) is said to have many anti-aging effects. 
: However, I have found documented evidence that it could also CAUSE MBP. 
: Apparently, this has something to do with a general increase of
: testosterone caused by the DHEA.  This same hormone is said to do things
: like increase skin thickness, muscle mass, lower cholesterol and blood
: pressure, increase bone density, stimulate the immune system, etc.  

: I have recently done some research on a product called YOUTH-FORMULA 1
: which makes many of the same claims (ie. skin tightening, increase in
: muscle mass, reduction in cholesterol, etc.).  This product is a
: combination of amino acids (primarily lsyine and arginine) which is said
: to increase Human Growth Hormone (HGH) excreted by the pituitary gland. 
: When discussing the male pattern baldness issue with these people (after
: one customer testimonial found in the bionet.molbio.ageing newsgroup which
: said this product ultimately was the reason he had his "hair system"
: removed and had great natural hair growth now), I was told that the
: difference was the this product would "balance" testosterone, not
: necessarily increase it like DHEA would tend to do.

: Does this make sense?

: 2) I have read that arginine could be beneficial in the fight against hair
: loss in that it causes the body to create nitoxide radical (NO) which
: stimulates hair growth.  In that this is true, wouldn't the YOUTH-FORMULA
: 1 have an equally benefical effect?

: 3) If the culprit is 5-alpha reductase, why is this a problem that worsens
: with age?  Is more 5-alpha reductase created by the body as we age?  Why? 
: Is it that growth hormone and or others (which?) are decreased as we age?

: 4) I have read that serenoa repens (saw palmetto) inhibits 5 alpha
: reductase as well as breaking down DHT.  Does Proscar work the same way?

: Thanks for any information you might be able to provide.

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:   Power comes through the sharing of knowledge.  
:   Show your power!       Scott Forsgren  
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Durk Pearson has a good write up on this subject in the book "Life 
Extension, A Practical Scientific Approach". The best results I have seen 
for myself on a friend of mine is Monixidil.

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