DHT IS EVIL? | Functions of DHT Hormone (Di-Hydro-Testosterone)

DHT IS EVIL? | Functions of DHT Hormone (Di-Hydro-Testosterone)

October 30, 2019 7 By Jose Scott


Hello Friends and Patients! In today’s episode we will look into the
positive and negative effects or functions of DHT – Dihydrotestosterone in our body. We have done so many episodes on DHT and hair
loss and most of you may develop misconceptions that DHT is some evil androgen hormone that
serves no purpose in the body but to make our prostates bigger and cause male pattern
baldness. You can check out all previous episodes from
links in description below. Well, Now Let’s First look into the 10 Positive
effects of DHT and lastly the Negative effects. All research article links related to this
topic are provided in the description link below. 1. During Embryogenesis or Foetus development,
DHT is needed for sexual differentiation into a male foetus. 2. During Puberty, DHT is critical to the development
of the penis and prostate in men. 3. After Puberty, DHT is essential for development
of male features like body hair,facial hair, pubic hair, muscle growth, and a deep voice. 4. In Adults, DHT is essential for the development
and maintenance of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles and contributes to the volume
of semen. 5. Libido and Erections: Here there are lot of
controversies that the primary hormone needed for the drive and erections is testosterone
and not DHT. But the fact of the matter is DHT is also
important due to its effects on the central nervous system that provides increased neurological
efficiency (strength), and increased resistance to psychological and physical stress. Hence we notice depression and loss of libido
in a small percentage of patients treated with DHT blockers like finasteride for hair
loss. 6. Blood Sugar Control and Obesity: According
to a study, it may lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes in males with improved
insulin-sensitivity and reduces the body fat and controls obesity. 7. Improves Memory: A study showed Men between
the ages of 34 and 70 showed improvements in memory when treated with DHT skin patches. 8. Muscles and Bones: Studies have shown that
DHT levels correlate with the Muscle Power as well as muscle mass, though the main hormone
responsible for muscle and bone development is testosterone. And increased DHT levels are associated with
higher bone density in men. 9. Heart and DHT: Increased levels of DHT were
associated with lower amounts of fat deposits in the hearts and coronary arteries of men
and hence lesser chance of a coronary artery disease. 10. Depression and Anxiety: The anti-anxiety effect
of DHT and testosterone are due to the actions of DHT on the central nervous system. This is the reason why DHT blockers like finasteride
may induce depression in as small percentage of hair loss patients on long term use. Well, Now let’s List out the Negative or
Harmful effects of DHT on our body. 1. Male Pattern Baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia. Yes as discussed in our previous episodes,
its proven that Higher levels of DHT act on the DHT receptors located on hair follicles
in scalp and cause miniaturization of the hair follicles and ultimately kills the hair
follicle. Of course this depends on the sensitivity
of hair follicles on DHT and your genes. 2. Acne and excessive sebum production is due
to increased levels of DHT. 3. Prostate Enlargement and Cancer: Many studies
have proven this. Though DHT is required for the normal development
and maintenance of the prostate gland and the seminal vesicles, it’s also responsible
for benign enlargement of prostate (BPH) and also prostate cancer. So, there you have it folks! Please hit a thumbs up if you found the video
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