Dihydrotestosterone

Definition of Dihydrotestosterone:

A highly active form of testosterone, which influences many aspects of manly behavior, from sex drive to aggression.  The conversion from testosterone to DHT is driven by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is produced in the prostate, various adrenal glands, and the scalp.

Also: DHT

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Enlarged Prostate

...the condition
“...Another theory focuses on dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a substance derived from testosterone in the prostate, which more actively stimulates prostate growth...”
...recommendation Zinc
“...Zinc has been found to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that irreversibly converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, a form which binds more avidly to the prostrate and stimulates greater growth...”
...recommendation Saw Palmetto
“...This enzyme converts the hormone testosterone to DHT...”
...recommendation Natural Progesterone
“...Progesterone prevents the body from converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase...”
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Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...recommendation Test for Hormones
“...When considering lab testing, a full panel of tests should be considered such as DHEA, testosterone (total and free), DHT, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), estradiol, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), prolactin (best taken at 9am to avoid diurnal variations), progesterone and a PSA...”

Hormone Imbalance

...our question about the thickness of your scalp hairs
“Excessive production of sex hormones triggers the production of DHT...”

Male Hair Loss

...the condition
“...Most modern medical research leans toward the position that a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is converted from testosterone, binds to sites on hair follicles and is a primary instigator of hair loss...”
...recommendation Saw Palmetto
“This extract has been found to counteract the conversion of testosterone to DHT by inhibiting DHT binding to cellular and nuclear receptor sites, thereby increasing DHT breakdown...”
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...the condition
“...It competitively inhibits intracellular dihydrotestosterone receptors within the hair follicles...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...our question about the thickness of your scalp hairs
“Progesterone helps prevent excess production of the hormone DHT, which is directly involved in hair thinning...”

Prostate Cancer

...recommendation DIM / I3C
“...DIM also inhibited dihydrotestosterone (DHT) stimulation of DNA synthesis in the androgen-dependent cancer cells...”

Test Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)

...as a treatment
“...SHBG binds tightly to testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and estradiol (an estrogen) before transporting them in the blood in a metabolically inactive form...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...recommendation GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid)
“GLA can help reduce candida-induced hair loss by suppressing conversion of testosterone to its derivative DHT, in the hair follicles...”
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