Prostate cancer later linked to hair loss at age 20

For some men, the prevailing belief about balding is that it is an innevitable consequence of growing old and it has never been associated with any pathological disease process. But, a recent French study is about to change that long held  belief.  Researchers at the Paris Descartes University (Paris, France) and at the European Georges Pompidou Hospital (Paris, France),  compared 388 men being treated for prostate cancer with a control group of 281 healthy men and found that those with the disease were twice as likely as the healthy men to have started going bald when they were 20.  However,  if men started balding between the ages of 30-40, there was no difference in their risk of developing prostate cancer compared to controls.  What is the common link between prostate cancer and early baldness? Researchers believe it maybe related to DHT, an active form of testosterone, a type of androgen.  DHT is also related to the enlargement of the prostate gland, also known as  BPH (benign  prostate hypertrophy).  It is believed that DHT contributes to baldness by damaging hair follicles.    Proscar is a medication that is used to decrease DHT and prescribed for  baldness, BPH and prostate cancer.   To read the study click here.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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