Interesting information from US researchers at Yale University seems to indicate that substances which are required for hair production are related to skin fat cells.
The research which has been collected from work with rodents and, which showed that treatment with a particular sort of fat cell caused the regrowth of hair in the creatures that were not previously successful at growing hair. Researchers have suggested the possibility that in the future, male baldness may become treatable and lost hair restored.
Hair growth is cyclical from an active to non active stage. These current studies related to the numbers of fat cells, which need to be present when hair follicles begin to produce in the active stage. These cells which could be implicated in other growth processes were manufacturing growth factors many times more than other cells. Rodents with defective hair production showed hair follicles, which had got ‘stuck’ in the inactive growth stage.
Treatment with the particular growth cells from hairy rodents solved the problem and hair growth was restored at a rate of over 80% of follicles in weeks. More research is involved to identify other factors, which could affect the study results and if the same results could be produced in humans.
However, if you are saddened by your receding youth when you look in the mirror, take heart. Scientists from Washington University have found a link between early hair loss and cancer. It would appear that men who begin to lose their hair in their 20s are at less risk of getting cancer of the prostate gland.
It’s all to do with testosterone, as high amounts of this hormone, when combined with early male hair loss showed a reduced incidence of prostate cancer development. The studies involved 2,000 men in the 40 to 47 age group who reported losing some hair before 30 of these 50% already had a diagnosis of this cancer
Most men will have noticed some change in the quantity and quality of their hair by their late 20s, and almost a third will notice some hair loss, by the time they are 30. It’s a sad fact that by the time a man reaches his half century he has a 50% chance of having significant loss of hair. This is because of the high volume of contact with the substance dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a product of testosterone. So the greater amount of testosterone you produce the greater chance, there is of baldness.
However, as far as prostate cancer sufferers are concerned, the hormone is seen to increase the growth of some tumors once they develop, so drugs are prescribed to reduce testosterone levels. It would appear from this study that a higher level of this hormone in the pre-30 age range could decrease the chances of later onset prostate cancer.
[box type=”note”]Cancer charities have given the study a cautious welcome. As although the study could give valuable insights into the nature of testosterone and its male health indications, the information will need more confirmation of the reliability of the findings.[/box]