Are you experiencing hair loss?
If you do, you may be deficient in BIOTIN
What is Biotin?
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, generally classified as a B-complex vitamin. Biotin is required by all organisms but can only be synthesized by bacteria, yeasts, moulds, algae, and some plant species.
Although chronic biotin deficiency is very rare, the human requirement for dietary biotin has been demonstrated in two different situations: prolonged intravenous feeding without biotin supplementation and consumption of raw egg white for a prolonged period.
Avidin is a protein found in egg white, which binds biotin and prevents its absorption. Cooking egg white denatures avidin, rendering it susceptible to digestion, and unable to prevent the absorption of dietary biotin.
You may also be deficient in Essential fatty Acids and in Zinc, to a letter extent, since these are also associated with excessive hair loss.
Male pattern baldness and health
Male pattern baldness (MPB) is different, and progressive. There is little you can do about this but studies have found that women are genuinely attracted to balding men.
MPB is caused by testosterone and its derivative, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that acts on the skin, sometimes producing acne, and on the hair follicles, putting hair on the chest but often taking it off the scalp. DHT also stimulates the growth of prostate cells, producing normal growth in adolescence but contributing to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in many older men. So if you are bald with an excess of chest hair, do you need to take care of your prostate?
Perhaps, according to scientists in Australia. They evaluated 1,446 men who were diagnosed with moderate to high-grade prostate cancer before age 70 and compared them with 1,390 men of the same age who were free of the disease. They found that men with bald spots at the top of their heads (vertex baldness) were one and a half times more likely to have prostate cancer than those without bald spots. The association was particularly strong for men who were diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer at 60–69 years of age. In contrast, there was no link between a receding hairline (frontal baldness) and cancer.
An American study found that men with bald spots were more likely to develop coronary artery disease than men with full heads of hair. Mild vertex baldness was linked to a 23% increase, moderate baldness to a 32% rise, and severe baldness to a 36% increase in risk. As in the Australian study of prostate cancer, frontal baldness was not associated with risk.
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