British actor Michael Caine revealed that he hasn’t added salt to his food since he was a teenager after reading that it causes baldness. The 76 year old actor said to the Daily Mail, ‘And I’ve still got hair, haven’t I?’
While it is true that the actor still has a good head of hair for his years, this is unlikely to be due to his condiment habits. It is more likely that the film star has a rare set of genes. Over 80 per cent of men suffer hair loss as a result of a genetic predisposition to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the hormone that attacks hair follicles causing hair growth to slow and then stop.
While there is no evidence to show that salt directly leads to baldness, there may be an indirect link. Too much salt is not good for one’s health and can cause high blood pressure. There have been reports that medications for high blood pressure (hypertension) trigger thinning hair and hair loss. So it would seem wise to heed Caine’s advice and steer clear of the salt pot.
When it comes to Male Pattern Baldness, most men will not be as fortunate as Caine – by the age of 35, approximately 2 in 5 men will have developed the condition. The first signs that DHT is beginning to take hold is a receding hairline and hair loss from the crown area.
If left untreated, the hair will thin across the top of the head. This area then becomes bald as the hair follicles shrivel and stop growing, leaving hair at the sides and back of the head only (these follicles are less affected).
The good news is that this condition can be successfully managed using two male hair loss treatments. Minoxidil and Propecia can be tailored to suit an individual and combined with suitable hair growth boosters to ensure optimum regrowth.
Added ingredients in minoxidil, such as Azelaic Acid (AA) and Medroxyprogesterone (MPG) may also help to reduce the adverse effects of DHT and thereby increase the efficacy of the treatment. To see the level of regrowth that Belgravia clients experience, take a look at the extensive range of hair loss success stories.
If you would like to discuss hair loss treatment, contact Belgravia for a consultation with a specialist. To book an appointment (which is free) call the reception on 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website and a mail order treatment service.