October 24 2014, 1:04 pm PT | Posted in: Hair Loss Causes
Includes snippets from Wall Street Journal Article: Crucial to the hair-growth and balding process, scientists have found, vitamin D and the microscopic receptors that bind to it in skin as essential to good hair growth. These elements have become the focus for several research teams. (Supplements might offer health benefits for people lacking enough vitamin D, but they won’t bring back lost hair, researchers say.)
Some researchers, including those from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, have identified molecules besides vitamin D that appear to activate the receptor and hold potential for future hair loss treatments. Japanese researchers demonstrated in animals that adding vitamin D helped the process of using stem cells to generate new follicles. Found in the Wall Street Journal — The Search for a Baldness Cure
My friend Dr. Richard Shiell commented:
“Plenty of sunlight and Vit D here in Australia (world’s highest rate of skin cancer). From my observation, our baldness rate and pattern-type is pretty much the same as elsewhere.
We are seeing Vit D deficiency in some Muslim women and children who cover-op and do not take advantage of our sunlight. I have not heard of any increase in hair loss. Kids at the beach these days are covered from head to knee as in the Victorian era so, if the author is correct, we should see more baldness in the future. I don’t believe it.”
It’s important to highlight the sentence from the article that states: “Supplements might offer health benefits for people lacking enough vitamin D, but they won’t bring back lost hair“.
In response to this news, some hair restoration doctors stated that they often recommend vitamin D as part of the treatment for women with balding or thinning hair. There does not seem to be a downside to this use, but I wouldn’t get too excited just yet about calling this a “cure”.
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