“Crazy” Hair-Loss Cure
Works for Women
If you’re losing hair, you've got more female company than you ever dreamed. Women's hair loss is frighteningly common today, says anti-aging expert Dr. Al Sears. We asked why—and his answers were so provocative that we urged him to reveal his secrets.
The alarming cause: MALE hormones! DHT is a type of testosterone that usually causes baldness in men, and worrying levels are showing up in many women today. Some doctors treat it with Proscar®, a drug designed for men, but Dr. Sears has a smarter secret.
The safer cure. Crazy as it sounds, an inexpensive natural supplement may be all you need to make your hair grow thicker. Very important: This will also help correct the potentially dangerous hormone imbalance that caused your problem.
Dr. Sears explained that baldness in men tends to follow specific patterns, while in women it tends to be more global. We asked him what causes it and if there is a cure. “Female hair loss almost always is hormonally driven,” said Dr. Sears. So he generally checks thyroid, progesterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels—the three principal hormonal centers that cause hair loss—all at once.
When checking for thyroid abnormalities, Dr. Sears measures thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) as well as T3 and T4. “Low levels of any one of them could be a cause of hair loss,” he said, “and if any one of them is low, you have to treat it through a combination of methods, such as changes in diet or nutritional supplements.”
Other Hormone Culprits
If thyroid hormones are not to blame, then the pattern of hair loss will be a significant clue as to what other hormones might be involved. “If it's male pattern baldness—receding hairline with thinning on the crown—it's probably associated with male hormones such as testosterone and its metabolite DHT, which is thought to be a culprit in baldness,” Dr. Sears explained. Women who have too much of their testosterone metabolized into DHT may experience hair loss, frequently in the familiar male pattern.
If tests show that a woman has high levels of DHT, then you’ve identified a likely cause of her thinning hair. High DHT can be treated with the same kinds of herbal remedies that have been found to be helpful in men. Saw palmetto (320 mg per day) along with pumpkin seed and pygeum, a popular herbal supplement made from the bark of a tall evergreen tree and frequently used to treat benign conditions in the prostate, are used most often to “discourage” the production of DHT from testosterone.
Beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol, also works synergistically with the saw palmetto, pumpkin and pygeum by decreasing the negative impact of the hormones. Saw palmetto formulas are widely available over the counter and are extremely safe and effective. If DHT is very high, Dr. Sears uses the drug finasteride (Proscar, Propecia). Proscar prevents the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Proscar is most commonly used with men, but is frequently used with women as well.
Note: Women who are pregnant should not take Propecia.
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The information in this special report is not intended as a substitute for personal medical advice. Before making any decision regarding your health, please consult a physician or other qualified health-care practitioner.