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Experimental Drug Compound Could Offer Hair Loss Cure

by April Maguire

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If you think you're going to have a luscious, full head of hair for the rest of your life, then it's time to think again. The rate of hair loss for both men and women is truly staggering, with more than 80% of both sexes having lost a noticeable amount of hair by the time they're 80 years old. One of the reasons these numbers are so high is because there are so many different factors that contribute to hair loss. The good news, however, is that there are potentially a number of different ways that hair loss can be stopped in its tracks.

Most recently, a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University examined the effects of a fat-busting drug compound to see if it could help reverse hair loss. After a series of experiments, the team was met with some surprisingly positive results.

Fat and Hair Loss

Being overweight isn't good for a wide range of reasons, as it can lead to both minor and serious health problems. On the minor side of that scale is, you guessed it, hair loss. To date, scientific studies have shown that mice who are fed diets that are rich in fat and cholesterol are more likely to develop graying hair as well as hair loss. Therefore, it stands to reason that blocking certain types of fat may cause hair loss to decrease or stop entirely.

To test this theory, the researchers engineered a batch of mice to have a condition known as atherosclerosis, which causes arteries to be clogged with deposits of fat. Next, the team separated the mice into two groups. One group was fed basic chow, while the other was given a high fat diet. Not surprisingly, mice in the latter group began to experience hair loss.

Once these negative effects were established, the researchers gave the mice in the second group an experimental compound that stops the production of glycosphingolipids, or GSLs, which are a specific type of fat. After several weeks of taking this compound, called D-PDMP, the researchers found that the hair loss was reversed.

More animal testing will be needed to determine how strongly D-PDMP can impact hair loss. But if men react to fat build-up the same way that mice do, then D-PDMP supplements could be a simple way to help reduce hair loss and allow men to hold on to their hair well into old age.

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