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Losing hair? This vitamin D derivative could help...

by , 15 June 2017
Losing hair? This vitamin D derivative could help...
Are you losing hair? Do you want to know what you can do to manage your hair loss? According to a new study, a derivative of activated vitamin D may help hair loss caused by alopecia areata.

To learn more about alopecia areata and the vitamin D derivative that this new study suggests could treat this disorder, keep reading...

Alopecia areata may be the reason you’re losing hair!

Alopecia areata is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your hair follicles resulting in sudden hair loss that starts with the loss of clumps of hair and, occasionally, one or more circular bald patches that may overlap.
 
This disorder currently affects around 6.8 million people in the United States. There are no statistics on how many people it affects in South Africa. However, results from a pilot study reveal that an activated vitamin D derivative known as calcipotriol may be an effective solution for alopecia areata...

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New study identifies a vitamin D derivative that could treat alopecia areata

The researchers behind this new study published their findings in the journal Dermatologic Therapy.
 
To reach their findings, they tracked participants who applied a 0.006% calcipotriol lotion twice every day for three months. The researchers measured each participant’s hair regrowth after four, eight and 12 weeks. They found that the regrowth began to occur after an average of 4.2 weeks.
 
Furthermore, the researchers found that the hair regrowth had begun in 59% of the participants after 12 weeks of using the calcipotriol lotion.
 
“Topical calcipotriol can be an alternative treatment in AA and it could prove to be more useful in patients who are vitamin D deficient,” the study authors wrote. They noted that one previous study found that the severity of alopecia areata was associated with low vitamin D levels, while another found that hair follicles of alopecia areata patients contained fewer vitamin D receptors compared with those of healthy controls.
 
If you’re losing hair and think it may be due to alopecia areata, consult your doctor as soon as possible – he or she will be able to make a diagnosis and treat your condition appropriately.

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