Myth now refuted: Testosterone is not the cause of hair loss in men

Myth now refuted: Testosterone is not the cause of hair loss in men

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Sex hormones: testosterone and co not to blame for male pattern baldness
Women are also affected, but hair loss is particularly troublesome for many men. The causes can vary greatly. Male sex hormones have also been associated with this for a long time. However, researchers have now found that testosterone and the like are not responsible for male pattern baldness.

Men are affected more often than women
Humans lose an average of 100 hairs every day. If these do not grow again, one speaks of permanent hair loss. The most common forms include circular hair loss (alopecia areata). Men are affected more frequently than women. The causes of hair loss are many. It can be caused, among other things, by an iron deficiency or a disease of the thyroid gland (both overactive thyroid and underactive thyroid). Male sex hormones have long been considered a possible trigger. However, German researchers have now refuted this myth.

Myth investigated and refuted
"Testosterone and hair loss - this connection is one of the most persistent prejudices against male hormones," says a press release from the University of Greifswald.

But scientists at the Greifswald University Medical Center have now systematically investigated and disproved this myth.

According to the information provided, the analysis of the data from 373 male participants in the SHIP-TREND population study did not reveal any connection between sex hormones such as testosterone, androstenedione or DHEAS and hair loss.

The study results were published in the journal "JAMA Dermatology".

Relationship between sex hormones and male pattern baldness
"The assumed relationship between sex hormones and male hair loss has never been investigated in such a large population study in healthy men," explained first author Dr. Hanna Kische, who does research at the Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine at the University Medical Center in Greifswald.

"We have now closed this gap with our publication in the international journal JAMA Dermatology."

Prof. Dr. Robin Haring, DFG project manager and senior author of the study added that "the observational study at hand represents an important addition to the results from clinical studies to date, which are based on very small numbers of cases".

Help for those affected
Since neither hair density nor hair growth are directly related to testosterone, various alternative explanations are discussed.

In addition to genetic factors, new knowledge suggests that both the hormone DHT, a potent by-product of testosterone, and the tissue hormone prostaglandin D2 are suspected of making male hair thinner, the message says.

Since the possible causes are not clearly clarified, it is usually difficult for those affected to stop hair loss.

Scientists are therefore always on the lookout for new therapies to help with hair loss. Only last year, researchers from the United States reported a new agent that has proven very successful in scalp hair regrowth.

Other drugs have been available in pharmacies for a long time. However, these often have enormous side effects and can sometimes even cause years of impotence.

So there is still an intensive need for research. (ad)

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