A recent Futurism article discussed a new development that could yield the same benefits of gastric bypass surgery without the surgery part. A team of researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital believes that weight loss isn’t necessarily the key to curing Type 2 Diabetes. They’ve developed a compound they call LuCl (Luminal Coating of the Intestine) using an FDA-approved drug called sucralfate as a base. The compound temporarily coats the lining of the intestine and makes it unable to absorb nutrients.
With thyroid problems complicating your story, it is hard to tell you what is happening without having a full battery of tests in hand, including an examination of your scalp with a hand microscope. There is no substitute for a one-on-one with a good caring doctor to get control of your situation.
Minoxidil may not continue to prevent genetic hair loss from appearing over time. You need to see a doctor to manage this properly.
Oral Minoxidil does not always work. It has been reported to cause shedding, but genetics can also be the cause of your hair loss. You should speak with your doctor to discuss a short and long-term Master Plan for your hair loss.
Balding, when you have the genes for it, can start in your mid-teens. There is never physical pain from the hair loss.
There is no known relationship with people taking finasteride and the appearance of diabetes. If you developed diabetes while on the drug, I suspect it is related to both your diet and heredity,
My hair loss started 3.5 years ago as I turned 50. Now I have half my density. Labs show subclinical hypothyroidism, elevated antibodies, a high estradiol to progesterone ratio of 170 to 0.2, and free testosterone high at 5.6. Zinc level (AP) always low. My doctor blames all symptoms, including hair loss, weight gain, loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone, etc. on menopause. She suggests HRT.
Your doctor is probably correct; your hair loss is related to the appearance of menopause. The estrogen you made had protected you from your genetics, but, now with a lower estrogen, your genetics can be expressing itself. As for Hormone Replacement Therapy, I don’t believe it works for this condition.
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Dutasteride is like Finasteride. They are both DHT blockers. The results from Dutasteride should parallel Finasteride.
Dutasteride is not FDA approved for safety in use for hair loss. There are known reports that Dutasteride has caused sterility in some men, maybe rare, but we don’t really know how common it is.
No, because hair loss is an inherited pattern. For example, if you inherited a Class 3 pattern (just the corners of the hairline), an early appearance will not lead to more balding elsewhere. This is why I like to perform a HAIRCHECK test when I see a young man because we both want some indication as to what is going to happen to him in the years to come.
Another balanced story. Everyone is different in the way they respond to this drug.