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Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

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Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) Test

The DHT test measures dihydrotestosterone levels in the bloodstream, and helps in finding the reasons behind male pattern baldness. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a very important male hormone that shapes and maintains male traits. Derived from testosterone via the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, its balance is crucial for health.

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Frequently asked questions

DHT, though present in smaller quantities, influences female physiology and is linked to conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), contributing to symptoms like hirsutism and acne.

DHT testing helps in the early detection and management of prostate issues, as an imbalance in DHT levels is associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer.

While medications can inhibit 5-alpha-reductase, lifestyle changes like a balanced diet and regular exercise may also influence DHT levels positively.

Yes, disruptions in DHT levels can have ripple effects on hormonal balance, potentially affecting various physiological processes beyond its well-known role in hair and prostate health.

Genes matter, but the level of DHT impacting hair follicles is crucial in causing male pattern baldness.

The frequency of DHT testing depends on individual health factors and risk profiles, and it is best determined in consultation with a healthcare professional.

Hormonal contraceptives may impact androgen levels, potentially influencing DHT, and it's advisable for women to discuss such concerns with their healthcare providers.

Eating foods packed with zinc and vitamin B6 can help your hormonal health and might impact DHT levels.

Although often accepted, these drugs can cause side effects. It's crucial for people to recognize and talk about possible risks with their healthcare professionals.

Yes, DHT testing can provide insights into broader hormonal imbalances, potentially serving as an indicator for conditions beyond those directly related to androgen levels.

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