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Will suplements help or is ElectroTrichoGenesis viable?

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I've been noticing hair loss for about 10 years (I'm 40). I used to have thick, full hair and now the hair on the crown has thinned out considerably; there is as wellgeneral thinning of hair all around.

In 2003 I consulted a dermatologist who said that my iron level was low at 41 and put me on iron supplements for 6 months. He went private and I stopped seeing him. In the meantime, different doctors told me that 41 is normal.

In June 2011, I consulted a different dermatologist who, after examining my scalp, said that I suffer from androgenic alopecia.
I then consulted a hair transplant specialist to whom I had my blood test results transferred. I have 12 pages of blood work and not sure how to read them.
Ferritin 48 ug/L
Iron 29 umol/L
Transferrin 2.16 5/L
Transferrin Saturation 0.54
TSH 1.04 mU/L
Creatine 54 umol/L
Are my iron levels low? Will suplements help or am I to continue losing hair?
Is ElectroTrichoGenesis (ETG) a viable option?

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replied August 24th, 2011
Hair Loss, Hair Disorders Answer A26245
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You can consider going ahead with the option suggested by your dermatologist. The androgenic hairloss or male pattern baldness cannot be altered as it is determined genetically. The hairloss that occurs in this case is mostly due to lack of the androgen particularly dihydrotesterone (DHT) levels. The lack of this hormone shortens the lifespan of the hair causing it to fall off pre-maturely and also leads to failure of production of new hair. You might also have elevated levels of 5-alpha-reductase which affects conversion of free testosterone into DHT. Hence use of drugs affecting the 5-alpha-reductase help in control of hairloss. High levels of Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-1) might also cause increased hairloss. Discuss about these factors with your treating gynecologist and go ahead with getting these hormonal levels tested to look for the underlying abnormality. External supplements or medication use can be started based on your investigation results to help you. Be in regular follow-up with your treating dermatologist. Continue to take the iron supplements.
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