Scientists have found that vitamin D can awaken receptors in the hair follicles that normally shut down in hair loss and baldness.
These findings give hair deprived patients, and doctors hope for a possible cure.
“It’s how the vitamin D is being handled by the receptors in the follicles that may be part of the puzzle of why we begin to lose our hair as we get older,” Dr. Marc Avram, a professor of dermatology at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College, told TODAY. “In the next few years, we will have many other options that ultimately one day will make hair loss a voluntary thing.”
Nowadays, over half of men over 50 years old suffer from some kind of hair loss. Yearly, doctors perform over 100,000 hair replacement operations with an average price tag of between $8,000 and $12,000.
“What I see in my patients is when we can restore the hair, not only does it make them feel better about themselves, but it restores their self-confidence,” Dr. Marc Dauer, a hair transplant specialist in Los Angeles. “This research that we’ve come up with is fantastic news for us.”
“You lose about 100 hairs from your scalp every single day, which means that in about 2 1/2 weeks, I’m Mr. Clean,” stated Matt Lauer.