According to Spanish researchers, male pattern baldness is now linked with an enlarged prostate. The findings were revealed at an American Urological Association meeting held in San Francisco recently. The researchers said that their findings also indicated that hair loss during the early stages of life was a sign that prostate disease might being to develop – which is when medical advice should be looked into and preventive treatment be taken.
Androgenetic Alopecia is more commonly known as male pattern baldness. It is the kind of baldness that most men suffer from. Male pattern baldness results from abnormally high levelS of 5-alpha-reductase which is an enzyme; it converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. Also known as DHT, dihydrotestosterone causes hair follicles to shrink and thus causes baldness. This very same enzyme is also responsible towards a benign prostatic hyperplasia also known as BPH. The link between an enlarged prostate and baldness has been speculated by researchers for many years. Propecia, which is a drug used to treat hair loss includes finasteride, which incidentally is also used in Proscar – used to treat or prevent BPH.
Around thirty men suffering from early male pattern baldness were studied by the Spanish researchers for the purpose of this study. They were then compared with men of the same age with a full head of hair. The criteria that participants were not diagnosed with BPH previously or were taking any kind of medication for it was strictly adhered to. Via the use of an ultrasound, the Spanish researchers’ findings showed that in bald men, their prostates were 34% larger, and their flow of urine – 32% lower.