There has been much discussion about natural DHT blockers in the recent years. To understand DHT blockers, one must first understand what is DHT. Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is a derivative of the hormone testosterone, and is known to have adverse effects on the human body when it exists in excess.
While normal levels of DHT promote facial and body hair growth, high DHT levels can contribute to baldness and prostate problems in men and female pattern hair loss in women too. Read more to find out how high levels of DHT can affect your health.
How Does DHT Work in the Body?
Testosterone is converted to DHT by the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase (5-AR). DHT travels throughout the body and attaches to the same sites that testosterone would. However, it is stronger than testosterone, and it remains bound to the sites longer than testosterone would.
What Is Bad About DHT in Excess?
When you have too much testosterone in your body, there's a good chance you also have excess DHT. Baldness is a side effect of men who take additional testosterone.
High DHT Levels in Females
DHT can cause female pattern hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia) in women. Hair loss doesn't just happen to men. It can also happen to women who have high levels of DHT. Women with an excess of DHT may experience female pattern hair loss (FPHL), losing their hair in the same way that men do.
If you're a woman with an excess of DHT, symptoms of high DHT include increased growth of facial hair, increased growth of pubic hair, a cessation of menstrual periods, and/or increased acne.
If you are experiencing an excess of DHT, consider taking a DHT blocker. A DHT blocker can ensure that you don't have too much of the hormone in your body and that you are, in turn helping to minimize the above-mentioned health risks.
DHT Causes Male Pattern Baldness in Men
The presence of DHT in a body will cause hair follicles on the head to shrink. This means that hair becomes thinner and shorter because it has a shorter growing cycle. Excess DHT will cause hair loss in the typical pattern of androgenetic alopecia:
- On top of your head. This is also called the vertex or crown of the head.
- At the front of the head where the hairline is, causing a receding hairline.
Hair on the sides and back of the head are spared.
Increased Levels of Testosterone is Correlated with Prostate Cancer in Men
DHT May Increase Acne
Here are a few other things that can happen when there is an excess of DHT in your body -- and why you may want to consider taking a DHT blocker.