A new study into the side effects of steroids claims that their consumption can significantly increase the likelihood of premature baldness. Optima Hair Specialists – which supplies hair replacement systems – has reported a 60% increase in enquiries from men who have taken anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and suffered early hair loss as a result.
Researchers believe that AAS stimulates Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the male sex hormone – has an adverse effect on hair follicles. Peter Murtha, founder of Optima Hair Specialists, said: “It is widely accepted that DHT… is the main culprit behind male pattern baldness. Recent studies have found that steroid drugs can increase the levels of DHT within the body and therefore accelerate hair loss”.
However, it is not simply a case of saying that if a man has high DHT levels then he will automatically start to go bald. Genetics also play an important part in certain types of hair loss making some men more predisposed to hair loss than others. Male pattern baldness is a common, hereditary condition that can be passed down from either side of the family where the person’s hair follicles are more sensitive to the adverse effects of DHT than others.
Hair loss affects over two-thirds of the male population and about 50% of the female population. Whether you have taken steroids or not, if you have noticed you are losing hair, it may be helpful to know that there are hair loss treatments available that are medically proven to help with genetic hair loss, and may help other types of hair loss too.
Here at the Belgravia Centre we treat a range of hair loss conditions with treatment courses based around proven treatments Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia (men only). These have been licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA – the medical regulatory bodies which review clinical trials carried out by pharmaceutical companies and decide whether the product is effective and safe enough to grant a license. We also offer hair growth booster products which can be used alongside Minoxidil and Propecia to improve their effectiveness.
If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, then please feel free to message the centre us or call us here at the clinic on 0207 730 6666 where a friendly member of the reception team will be happy to arrange a free consultation at the clinic with one of our hair specialists. Alternatively, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in contact with you shortly.