I think we all would rather look like Xi than Mao. This video is a good deep dive on the available options for preventing and even regrowing hair. The host of the video is actually all about broscience with steroid and supplement chemistry but he is pretty knowledgeable.
I don’t know if I would call this “health” but I think it is worth sharing and this is the best sub I could think of. According to a friend of mine this stuff actually works. I don’t do any of this stuff yet, but I may decide to if I start thinning more than I am happy with.
Edit: If you don’t want to watch it here are my takeaways after watching that plus a couple other vids.
Finasteride halts hair loss
dermaneedling + minoxidil stimulates hair growth.
From what I can tell these are safe options (part 2 in particular) but there is some question surrounding Finasteride’s side effects and whether or not it causes prostate cancer. The medical studies I found seem to indicate that it actually decreases the likelihood of developing prostate cancer but may increase the risk of a more agressive form of prostate cancer but I actually think that may be pretty minimal based on this study .
Excerpt from this research paper: In May 2008, a re-analysis of the PCPT results showed a significant decrease of 30% in the overall risk of prostate cancer in the finasteride group vs the placebo group, but it also found a statistically non-significant and less important increase of the prevalence of high-grade cancers in the finasteride group.
Overall I don’t love the idea of introducing a non-zero risk of prostate cancer into my life, and I don’t know how much I care about losing my hair… It does kind of seem like finasteride is a magic “no lose hair pill” though.
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