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Steroids and Hair Loss

There are many reasons why men and women alike use anabolic steroids. These testosterone boosters have the ability to increase muscle mass, boost strength and the levels of endurance and improve physical appearance. So, it is not uncommon to find women and men who regularly use them.

Anabolic steroids might have their advantages but they are not without disadvantages. Most people who use them often complain of hair loss after continued use. So, do anabolic steroids really cause hair loss?

How do Anabolic Steroids Cause Hair Loss?
Anabolic steroids do cause progressive hair loss. These steroids are known to convert testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). This process is geared by the 5 Alpha Reductase. With continued use of steroids, the DHT actually accumulates and begin to bind some of your hair follicle receptors. In so doing, they cause a progression in your hairline.

How To Prevent Hair Loss From Steroids
You can prevent hair loss after taking anabolic steroids, by taking some medications that inhibit or reduce DHT in the body. Finasteride and Dutasteride and the two most commonly used medications for the reduction of DHT levels. Finasteride reduces DHT by about 70% while the later reduces DHT by about 90%.

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