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Review Testosterone Therapy In Women: Myths And Misconceptions

Review Testosterone Therapy In Women: Myths And Misconceptions

Abstract Although testosterone therapy is being increasingly prescribed for men, there remain many questions and concerns about testosterone (T) and in particular, T therapy in women. A literature search was performed to elucidate the origin of, and scientific basis behind many of the concerns and assumptions about T and T therapy in women. This paper refutes 10 common myths and misconceptions, and provides evidence to support what is physiologically plausible and scientifically evident: T is the most abundant biologically active female hormone, T is essential for physical and mental health in women, T is not masculinizing, T does not cause hoarseness, T increases scalp hair growth, T is cardiac protective, parenteral T does not adversely affect the liver or increase clotting factors, T is mood stabilizing and does not increase aggression, T is breast protective, and the safety of T therapy in women is under research and being established. Abandoning myths, misconceptions and unfounded concerns about T and T therapy in women will enable physicians to provide evidenced based recommendations and appropriate therapy. Continue reading >>

Stop And Reverse Hair Loss In Women Caused By Low Iron Levels Vs Underactive Thyroid Vs Insulin Resistance And Inflammation

Stop And Reverse Hair Loss In Women Caused By Low Iron Levels Vs Underactive Thyroid Vs Insulin Resistance And Inflammation

Determine the Underlying Cause of Your Hair Loss See your doctor to determine the physical reason for your hair loss. When a woman experiences hair loss, the cause is usually an underlying medical issue. Once the health issue causing the loss of hair is addressed, the hair often grows back. However, with men, the hair loss is often permanent. That is why it is very important for any female experiencing hair loss to visit with her physician to find out why she is experiencing this distressing symptom and if it can be remedied with hormonal treatments or iron supplementation. These two treatments specifically reverse hair loss in women. Correcting insulin resistance may or may not restore lost hair in women and men. Once you visit your physician he will administer blood tests to see if your hair loss is due to any of the following three reasons: If your blood sugar levels become elevated then inflammation occurs everywhere in the body including in the hair follicles on the scalp, causing you to grow less hair. The mineral iron is crucial to growing and maintaining a lush and healthy head of hair. Iron nourishes the red blood cells that carry nutrients to your hair follicles and if you are iron-deficient your hair follicles shrink and produce tinier strands or no strands of hair at all. Symptoms Accompanying Hair Loss Caused By Low Iron Levels It is recommended that women consume 18 mg of iron a day, preferably from food sources, in order to stay healthy. Pregnant women require at least 27 milligrams. Normally your body stores iron in the form ferritin. When you are sick or nutritionally deprived of this essential mineral these stores are depleted and you begin to lose your hair and feel unwell. Aside from the hair loss, symptoms you may experience, in order from mild to s Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Hairloss

Diabetes And Hairloss

It has been established that there are clear links between androgenetic alopecia, (male and female pattern hair loss), metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. Those with diabetes or even pre-diabetic conditions are much more likely to have pattern loss or a diffuse thinning that often accompanies the disorder. In a nutshell, insulin resistance and the resultant pro-inflammatory prostaglandin production, either due to lifestyle, diet or genetics, causes a micro circulatory impairment and collagen rigidification around the hair follicle (fibrosis). Here�s a succinct, well written, ezine article by Mike Harman on diabetes and its relationship to hair loss: "The connection between diabetes and hair loss was established long ago. Diabetes is a hormone related disorder that often leads to hair loss or thinning of the hair. Frequent loss of hair is often considered one of the early symptoms of diabetes, which requires prompt treatment in order to avoid further complications. The growth of hair is affected by diabetes, which gradually leads to thinning of hair. Stress is directly related to diabetes and hair loss, as the disease causes excessive anxiety, which in turn becomes the prime cause of hair loss. Diabetes Leads To Hair Loss: Diabetes occurs when it becomes difficult for the body to metabolize carbohydrates properly. Diabetics are highly sensitive to skin ailments, as their blood circulation and blood sugar levels are impaired. Bruises and small wounds often take a relatively long time to heal; therefore, the recovery rate is comparatively slower and obstructs the re-growth of hair. This causes visible hair reduction, as diabetics cannot maintain the normal cycle of re-growth process. Bacterial and fungal infections on the scalp because of diabetes could also resul Continue reading >>

Reverse Your Hair Loss With These Simple Steps

Reverse Your Hair Loss With These Simple Steps

Is your hair receding around the temples? Do the parts in your hairline reveal more scalp than they used to? According to The Doctor Oz Show, hair loss can be a symptom of disease that you can reverse with some simple steps that will regrow your hair and boost your health at the same time. Advertisement In a recent online episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Truth Tube participant “Shawn” goes to Dr. Oz for help as she realizes that despite her best efforts to control her hair loss, that she is going bald at an early age. In fact, so bad was her hair loss that she had to resort to wearing a hat whenever she went out. According to Ox expert Dr. Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD, this is a typical complaint that women come to her with every day. The good news, however, is that hair loss is often due to medical imbalances and nutritional deficiencies that can be stopped and reversed through changes in lifestyle and diet. The following is a summary of what Dr. Boham says could be the cause of your hair loss and what you can do about it. Hair Loss Solution Step #1: Get your thyroid checked Some hair loss is a normal part of your hair follicle cell growth cycle. (Here is a simple test you can do at home to see if you are losing too much hair.) But when hair loss is not normal―such as with an underactive thyroid―according to Dr. Boham, that hair loss is typically caused by and usually one of the first signs of an underactive thyroid. Because the thyroid plays a pivotal role in your metabolism and cell growth, when it slows down, your hair loss speeds up. Fortunately, many cases of a depressed thyroid can be remedied nutritionally by eating these types of thyroid health foods. But if it takes more than a change in diet to get your thyroid hormone levels up where it should be, you will Continue reading >>

Insulin And Hair Loss: How Diet Causes Androgenetic Alopecia

Insulin And Hair Loss: How Diet Causes Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, is a complicated condition. Despite plaguing men – and women – for thousands of years, it is still not fully understood. The conventional wisdom says that it’s entirely caused by genetics. But new evidence suggests diet may play a role too, with hair loss linked to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. In this post, we’ll look at how to reverse these conditions and regrow your hair by changing what you eat. Hair loss, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome Interactions between hormones in the body are complicated. A change in the level of one hormone will often lead to changes in levels of other hormones too. But male pattern baldness may tell us something about these complicated interactions in the body. Multiple studies (e.g. this one, this one, and this one) have found that men who start losing their hair at a young age are more likely to develop insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. The current medical understanding of androgenetic alopecia says that the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) binds to hair follicles, causing them to shrink. Over time, the follicle gets smaller and smaller, until it eventually stops producing hair. These three things – DHT, insulin, and metabolic syndrome – are all linked to diet. Certain foods cause insulin levels to rise, which can in turn lead to more available DHT. These same foods also increase the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome, as we’ll see. Metabolic syndrome Studies (see above) have shown that men who start losing their hair at a young age are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the general name given to a cluster of – usually associated – medical conditions. These include: Obesity Hypertension (high blo Continue reading >>

A Patient’s Guide: Management Of Hair Loss In Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

A Patient’s Guide: Management Of Hair Loss In Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Walter Futterweit, MD, MD, FACP, FACE, OBGYN.net Editorial Advisor Clinical Professor of Medicine Division of Endocrinology Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY Infertility, Pregnancy and Birth, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Thinning hair due to the effects of male hormones (androgens) is called androgenic alopecia. It is a major source of psychological distress to women. This male-pattern hair loss is often seen in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and other disorders of male hormone excess. Additional causes may be hormonal changes secondary to a reduction of estrogen levels, which are physiological at menopause, as well as in thyroid disorders. Certain drugs, anemias, nutritional deficiencies, and severe illnesses and infections may be a trigger for diffuse hair loss. Associated with hormonal changes causing the alopecia are genetic and environmental factors which are responsible for the frequent finding of the onset of hair loss at the top of the head (vertex) and the angles of the frontal hair line. In many, the alopecia pattern may start as a triangular thinning, which I have labeled as the “triangle sign”, with gradual progression of hair loss from the midline frontal scalp line towards the vertex and sides of the scalp. In most women with androgenic alopecia the frontal hairline remains intact despite diffuse hair loss. The average number of hairs lost in a day is about 100-150. It should be noted that it may take at least 20-25% of total loss of scalp hair before it may be visibly recognized by the woman. Thus an awareness of excessive hair loss at combing or after washing the hair, usually are the first signs of the onset of alopecia. Transient hair loss (telogen effluvium) may be another cause of hair loss a few Continue reading >>

Does Nutrition Affect Hair Loss? Is There A Hormonal Connection?

Does Nutrition Affect Hair Loss? Is There A Hormonal Connection?

I think if you ask 10 different people, you might get 10 different answers. This definitely is a subject of much debate. My opinion is that nutrition certainly does have some effect on hair loss, having said that I don’t think that genetic hair loss can be reversed or stopped simply by nutrition alone, but it makes for a good adjunct. For myself, I’ve attempted to employ strict nutritional perfection for long periods of time in an attempt to help my hair loss, but it never seemed to really help me, but it possibly could help you because we all all made up so differently and the causes of our hair loss are different as well. You should always try to eat as nutritionally balanced as possible, good nutrition provides for a better more stable and clear mind, which is always helpful when dealing with anything traumatic or stressful, such as hair loss. Also, I see food as a drug, it can have immeasurable unpleasant damaging effects on the body or really great wonderful effects. Ever eat something that causes you to be sleepy, wired, cause an allergy attack or become nauseated? Something is taking place in our bodies when we eat different foods, and the effects are going to vary from person to person. I would never downplay the importance of good nutrition, not just for hair loss, but more importantly for your health. Later in this article I’ll point out the connection between the body’s insulin level and it’s testosterone level. It is a well documented fact that many people with eating disorders such as bulima or anorexia nervosa suffer hair loss as a result of malnutrition. The word malnutrition indicates deficiency for energy, protein and micronutrients (e.g. vitamin A, iodine and iron) either singularly or in combination. One of the effects that malnutrition has Continue reading >>

Top 10 Tips For Pcos Hair Loss | Pcos Crown

Top 10 Tips For Pcos Hair Loss | Pcos Crown

PCOS Hair Loss “I used to have such thick, beautiful hair. Now, it’s so thin and brittle!” “Handfuls of hair come out in the shower and I just cry.” “Is it bad that I take pictures of how much hair comes out each day?” “I’m afraid to comb through my hair because more might fall out!” “Other people think I’m crazy and think that my hair looks fine, but I can notice a difference.” Have any of these thoughts or statements ever crossed your mind? If so, you’re not alone. Many women deal with PCOS hair loss. It is perhaps one of the most difficult PCOS symptoms to deal with, emotionally. Because despite what doctors and your girlfriends or family might be telling you, it hurts, it IS a big deal and you deserve to know how to fix it. I want you to know that there is hope and help. We’re going to be discussing why it happens and how to deal with it…ALL of it’s side effects. Why Am I Losing My Hair? DHT Clogged Hair Follicles PCOS is an endocrine disorder and therefore because of the hormonal imbalances caused by PCOS, many women deal with heightened levels of androgens or testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of these hormones in women with PCOS cause hair loss, specifically DHT. If you’re thinking that testosterone is a male hormone, you’re right. Us women are supposed to have it in small amounts. In excess, androgens, specifically DHT will latch onto hair follicles and begin to affect the hair, eventually to the point of hair loss. DHT also causes the follicle to stop producing new hair, essentially a DHT clogged follicle is the result. This is called androgenic alopecia. The bottom line here is that excess testosterone converts to DHT and is responsible for hair loss and makes it difficult to regrow hair in women with Continue reading >>

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Go to: Abstract Context: Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) also known as female androgenetic alopecia is a common condition afflicting millions of women that can be cosmetically disrupting. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential for obtaining optimal outcome. This review addresses the clinical presentation of female pattern hair loss, its differential diagnosis and treatment modalities. Evidence Acquisition: A) Diffuse thinning of the crown region with preservation of the frontal hairline (Ludwig’s type) B) The “Christmas tree pattern” where the thinning is wider in the frontal scalp giving the alopecic area a triangular shaped figure resembling a christmas tree. C) Thinning associated with bitemporal recession (Hamilton type). Generally, FPHL is not associated with elevated androgens. Less commonly females with FPHL may have other skin or general signs of hyperandrogenism such as hirsutism, acne, irregular menses, infertility, galactorrhea and insulin resistance. The most common endocrinological abnormality associated with FPHL is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The most important diseases to consider in the differential diagnosis of FPHL include Chronic Telogen Effluvium (CTE), Permanent Alopecia after Chemotherapy (PAC), Alopecia Areata Incognito (AAI) and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA). This review describes criteria for distinguishing these conditions from FPHL. Conclusions: The only approved treatment for FPHL, which is 2% topical Minoxidil, should be applied at the dosage of 1ml twice day for a minimum period of 12 months. This review will discuss off-label alternative modalities of treatment including 5-alfa reductase inhibitors, antiandrogens, estrogens, prostaglandin analogs, lasers, light treatments and hair transplantation. Keywords: Polycyst Continue reading >>

Pcos And Hair Loss, Part 1: Prevalence And Diagnosis

Pcos And Hair Loss, Part 1: Prevalence And Diagnosis

September is PCOS Awareness Month. For several years this blog has had an ongoing series about different aspects of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and its treatments. Today let's talk about a tough subject: PCOS and hair loss (alopecia). In our past PCOS series, we have discussed the definition and symptoms of PCOS, how it presents, its testing and diagnosis, and its possible causes. We've also discussed the increased risk for endometrial cancer among those with PCOS. Now we are discussing common treatment protocols for PCOS, and the pros and cons of each. We've already discussed insulin-sensitizing medications like metformin, the TZDs, and inositol. Then we discussed glucose-lowering medications for those who have developed overt diabetes. We have also discussed anti-androgenic medications and progesterone supplements for menstrual irregularity. In addition, we did a 3-part series on birth control pills for PCOS. Now it's time to talk about one of the least-discussed symptoms of PCOS, alopecia (commonly known as hair loss). Today we'll discuss what alopecia is, how it's diagnosed, and what might cause it. In the next post, we'll discuss some of the medical treatments available for it. Finally, we'll discuss some of the cosmetic treatments that women with hair loss may utilize, based on suggestions found on hair loss forums and PCOS boards. If you have personal experience or expertise in any of these areas, please share in the comments section. Don't let other women walk this path alone; speak up and share your ideas. You are welcome to do so anonymously if you prefer. All comments should be respectful. Disclaimer: I am not a medical health-care professional. This information is not medical advice about a health condition or treatment. Consult your healthcare provid Continue reading >>

The Pill, Thyroid, And 4 Other Types Of Hormonal Hair Loss

The Pill, Thyroid, And 4 Other Types Of Hormonal Hair Loss

Hair loss used to be something that women suffered occasionally after childbirth or illness. It is now so common that doctors see it everyday. Hormonal birth control is largely to blame. It damages the hair follicle in a way that can take years to repair. Other conditions such as PCOS and thyroid disease also play a role. 6 Types of Hormonal Hair Loss 1) Hormonal Birth Control Some progestins are like testosterone, so they shrink and damage your hair follicle. Modern birth control tries to get around the problem by using different progestins, but they are not much of an improvement, and they have the unfortunate tendency to cause fatal blood clots. Ironically, birth control is often prescribed to treat hair loss, in the hope that the synthetic estrogens will counteract the progestins and promote hair regrowth. My advice: Get OFF the Pill and stay off it. Let your body’s own estrogen and progesterone run the show for a change. Yes, stopping the Pill may trigger a temporary increase in shedding (2 to 3 months later), but that will pass. As your own estrogen and progesterone take charge, you will slowly regain your normal hair. 2) PCOS, Testosterone, and Insulin Resistance Testosterone causes hair loss. This occurs in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition which, incidentally, is headed for a name change because it has very little to do with cysts on the ovaries. Most PCOS-sufferers have high testosterone on blood test. Some have normal testosterone, but still show signs of testosterone sensitivity such as acne and facial hair. For a discussion of all the different types of androgens, please see see my latest post: 4 Causes of Androgen Excess. The testosterone of PCOS is usually caused by insulin resistance, which in turn is caused by: refined sugar, omega 6 Continue reading >>

Treating Female Pattern Hair Loss

Treating Female Pattern Hair Loss

Check out my paper on treating female pattern hair loss – just published in the December 2012 issue of “Naturopathic Doctor News and Reviews”, the leading Naturopathic Journal in North America: Treating Female Pattern Hair Loss What is Female Pattern Hair Loss? Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) is a common condition characterized by a diffuse reduction in hair density over the crown and frontal scalp with retention of the frontal hairline.[i] As many as 10 percent of pre-menopausal women reportedly have some evidence of FPHL; however, the incidence increases greatly in menopausal women. As many as 50-75 percent of women 65 years or older may be affected by FPHL.[ii] The psychological implications of FPHL are profound; there is a significant association between perceptions of hair loss and rates of depression in women.[iii] What Causes Female Pattern Hair Loss? Unlike Male Pattern Hair Loss, which is clearly linked to increased androgen activity, the cause of FPHL is not as clear cut. In some cases, hyperandrogenism is connected with FPHL, but in many cases there is no evidence of increased androgenic activity. [iv] Women with FPHL due to hyperandrogenism often exhibit other signs of increased androgens, such as hirsuitism, acne, and menstrual disturbances. If these symptoms exist, elevated serum androgens are not always necessary to attribute the FPHL to hyperandrogenism. [v] In women, most androgens are produced in either the adrenals or the ovary. In cases where FPHL is observed, yet androgens are not elevated, the official cause is uncertain. Regardless of whether the FPHL is androgen dependent or not, the follicular changes are the same; the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle appears to be shortened [vi] and follicular miniaturization occurs, which results in Continue reading >>

How Do You Reverse Or Cure Hair Loss Naturally?

How Do You Reverse Or Cure Hair Loss Naturally?

Not all issues of Hair Loss are permanent and irreversible, some are actually as a result of various factors where we can do something about and are thereby reversible. Factors such as Lifestyle, Diet, and Nutrition are known to contribute to the case of Alopecia. Yet these can be controlled and reversed Naturally although the change must really have to start from you. If natural means though are not enough, do not lose hope as technology and medicine is also coming up with better discoveries to cure baldness. However, while conditions that cause baldness such Androgenic Alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness / Female Pattern Baldness) is not something that can be reversed (although there are claims that says otherwise), it is certain to be a condition that can be prevented from worsening with proper health practice. The following are Eight Natural Ways you can apply to yourself as a means of Hair Loss Cure should you encounter sudden issues of Hair Loss even though when you think your likelihood of getting bald (based on family history, et cetera) is low: 1. Maintain Good Nutrition Nutrition is an important aspect of living life to its optimum wellness. Our body is always on the process of wear and tear as we go through our activities in the day and is a process necessary for growth. However, getting the optimum nutrition required for our health requires a balanced sense of diet which some, if not most, of us are unable to accomplish in a day. Ultimately, we end up undernourished which significantly affects ourselves overall, including the health of our scalp. Nutrients that are known commonly to be the cause of Hair Loss among individuals involved Iron, Protein, and B Vitamins. Other nutrients such as Vitamin C, Copper, Zine, and Sulfur are also said to be essential in maint Continue reading >>

Does Insulin Resistance Cause Hair Loss?

Does Insulin Resistance Cause Hair Loss?

New research has confirmed the statistics that the processed foods we eat are contributing to hair loss. (Processed foods equate to foods with a high glycemic load since natural foods almost always have low GL) Hair loss and glycemic loads The new research suggests that male pattern baldness could be a clinical marker of insulin resistance. This means the researchers believe that baldness can be used as a visible symptom to diagnose insulin resistance. Glycemic index was originally used as a scale that rates how much foods raise blood sugar levels using glucose as a reference point. However glycemic load is now used as a fairer estimation of the quality of a carbohydrate because it takes into account the glycemic index and amount of carbohydrate in a typical serving. The website www.glycemicindex.com can help you determine the GI of most foods. Insulin resistance means that cells don’t respond the way they are meant to when insulin is released by the body to combat high blood sugar. When we eat foods with high glycemic loads, our bodies digest them too fast, and sugar floods into the blood too quickly. What normally happens is that insulin is released and this tells cells to take up glucose from the blood. It is likely that insulin resistance causes hair loss because the blood sugar in our bodies becomes much more unstable, and our hair simply can’t cope with quick and continuous changes in blood sugar. When we evolved we would never have to cope with such great variations in blood sugar, and our hair is one of the first and also the most visible places that suffer. It’s possible the quick and on-going changes in the chemistry of our blood (like rising and falling blood sugar) interrupt the growth cycle. In a similar way to how plants suffer when the pH and amount Continue reading >>

Pcos And Hair Loss – What Works For Me

Pcos And Hair Loss – What Works For Me

Of the myriad of PCOS symptoms, I find hair loss to be the most difficult to cope with. Thick, radiant hair is a symbol of beauty and femininity. When it seems like you see more hair in your hairbrush and in the bathroom sink or tub than on your head (okay, maybe I am exaggerating a bit here) it can be really depressing. The medical term for PCOS hairloss is androgenic alopecia. Androgenic alopecia in women is due to the action of androgens which most of us with PCOS have an excess of. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a derivative of the male hormone testosterone (an androgen) is the enemy of hair follicles on your head. DHT appears to be at least partially to blame for the miniaturization of hair follicles in women suffering with androgenic alopecia. Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase, which is held in a hair follicle’s oil glands. Scientists now believe that it’s not the amount of circulating testosterone that’s the problem but the level of DHT binding to receptors in scalp follicles. DHT shrinks hair follicles, making it impossible for healthy hair to survive. I have spent countless hours researching PCOS hair loss solutions. After trial and error, here is what works for me. I just want to preface with the fact that you don’t want to use/take any of the following if you are trying to conceive. Nizoral Shampoo- a potent anti-dandruff shampoo, also helps to block the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). I use this to shampoo most days and leave on for a few minutes before I rinse. You can get this at any drugstore for around $10. Spironolactone (Aldactone) is a potassium-sparing diuretic used to treat high blood pressure and swelling. Spironolactone slows the production of androgens in the adrenal g Continue reading >>

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