Science Is Getting Closer to Curing Baldness

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    Sep 12, 2012 12:23 AM GMT
    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/09/science-getting-closer-curing-baldness/56715/

    While you've probably heard of the expensive treatments likes Rogaine and Propecia, the latest hair loss remedy is so simple it's silly: Vitamin D. This basic nutrient is all the rage in baldness research, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Unlike the products currently on the market, innovative new treatments targeting vitamin D receptors have the ability to help people who are already bald regrow their hair.

    To figure out the cure for baldness, obviously, the first step is to figure out the cause. Scientists are pretty sure they've got this part of the equation down. Essentially, every hair follicle on your head produces a hair every two to six years and then lies dormant for a few weeks or months. For those who suffer from baldness, these follicles simply stop waking up over time. Then, a breakdown in communication stops new skin cells from becoming follicles -- they become regular skin cells instead. The key to switching these cells back in the right direction are those vitamin D receptors, and so baldness researchers have been focusing all of their energy in this direction.

    The success of hair growth experiments has been on the uptick lately. One team of researchers at the University of San Francisco recently discovered a molecule called MED that suppresses the vitamin D receptors from producing hair and found that mice grew more hair if they blocked MED. Another team at Harvard Medical School found a different molecule that actually activates the vitamin D receptor, though they haven't found a way to actually produce hair with it. Perhaps most promising is a team of Japanese researchers who added vitamin D to stem cells in their final phases of growth and successfully coaxed these cells into becoming hair follicles.

    Don't get all excited and go buy a boatload of vitamin D, though. The advances in research have less to do with the presence of the nutrient that it does with how your body uses it. That said, most Americans don't get enough vitamin D, and the stuff is actually really good for you. So, heck, go ahead and buy a boatload of vitamin D. And if you happen to start growing a ton of hair, do drop a note to your local dermatologist. Given the fact that an estimated 35 million men suffer from baldness, the cure is going to be worth a ton of money.
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    Sep 12, 2012 12:58 AM GMT
    Oh please. Baldness occurs when people who are genetically predisposed to having DHT receptors on their hair follicles start producing DHT. Treatments try to block the conversion of testosterone to DHT by creating competitive inhibitors to 5-alpha-reductase. Unfortunately, the body has more ways of creating DHT, and DHT also has other effects, such as strong, firm erections, that I'd prefer to have rather than something people with hair on their heads think I should also have on my head. I'd rather have a big dick. If you've seen me on cam, you know I aint lyin icon_razz.gif
    Vitamin D is not a panacea. I think the supplements out there that go up to 5000IU are excessive and too early to take. Isn't the upper limit (where you start experiencing toxicity symptoms of fat soluble vitamin) 10K IU? You get that much from about 10-20 minutes outside if you are fair skinned and you're good for a week. I still take vitamin D though as a supplement (and have been since before I went bald). It won't cure baldness. Nor will rogaine, nor does propecia. Save your money! There is nothing unhealthy about baldness except societal pressures to look a certain way. I personally don't go for the emaciated abdominal look they push on us with male models or the roided out muscle look they push at us from muscle mags.
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    Sep 12, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
    I love shaving bald and love bald guys. Why does anyone beed hair any more ?
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    Sep 12, 2012 6:30 AM GMT
    bluey2223 saidOh please. Baldness occurs when people who are genetically predisposed to having DHT receptors on their hair follicles start producing DHT. Treatments try to block the conversion of testosterone to DHT by creating competitive inhibitors to 5-alpha-reductase. Unfortunately, the body has more ways of creating DHT, and DHT also has other effects, such as strong, firm erections, that I'd prefer to have rather than something people with hair on their heads think I should also have on my head. I'd rather have a big dick. If you've seen me on cam, you know I aint lyin icon_razz.gif
    Vitamin D is not a panacea. I think the supplements out there that go up to 5000IU are excessive and too early to take. Isn't the upper limit (where you start experiencing toxicity symptoms of fat soluble vitamin) 10K IU? You get that much from about 10-20 minutes outside if you are fair skinned and you're good for a week. I still take vitamin D though as a supplement (and have been since before I went bald). It won't cure baldness. Nor will rogaine, nor does propecia. Save your money! There is nothing unhealthy about baldness except societal pressures to look a certain way. I personally don't go for the emaciated abdominal look they push on us with male models or the roided out muscle look they push at us from muscle mags.


    According to the literature, it has nothing to do with your intake of Vitamin D and everything to do with receptors that are linked to Vitamin D.

    Some men don't mind being bald; others do mind being bald. If they find a way to reverse the effects of balding, why is that a bad thing?
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    Sep 12, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    i prefer my guys with taylor lautner level hair thickness! oh and still firm erections of course icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 12, 2012 8:03 AM GMT
    Why why? Bald guys are hot... as the hairy guys too! Why everyone in this world is trying to look different as he realy his...icon_twisted.gif
    Heterogeneity makes the world much more interesting!