Stress ups cortisol/estrogen/prolactin, drops DHT, causes male infertility and prostate issues

If you try to discuss infertility with a fertility/reproductive specialist or an endocrinologist, and mention that chronic stress may be a factor in infertility, you will probably get laughed out of the room. This is not just speculation. This exact same thing happened to several friends and relatives who struggled to conceive, and it is … Read more

DHT, not T, likely the “active” androgen in heart and brain

Interesting study, done on baboons (so should have good relevance for humans), demonstrating that the cardiovascular system (CVS) exclusively accumulates and recognizes (at the receptor level) DHT, instead of testosterone (T). In fact, the androgen receptor in CVS is so structurally different it apparently cannot even bind T. Recent studies with ALS patients suggest the … Read more

Estrogens cause obesity / PCOS in women, DHT is protective

Female obesity and the closely related condition PCOS are perhaps the female equivalent of the so-called “androgen hypothesis” for balding and prostate cancer in men, as the female version of this hypothesis not only blames androgens for these conditions but specifically singles out DHT as the main “villain”. The mainstream medical dogma is that a … Read more

Low DHT can cause hypogonadism symptoms even in eugonadal men

Seemingly contradictory title, but the study findings are pretty clear. Namely, even in males with normal testosterone levels there is a direct inverse relationship between DHT levels and symptoms of hypogonadism such as sexual dysfunction and “aging male” syndrome. For every 10% increase in DHT levels there was a 4.67% decrease in hypogonadism symptoms of … Read more

Androgens (T, DHT) highly protective against the flu

A gem of a study that throws a wrench in one of medicine’s core dogmas – i.e. androgens have detrimental effects on the immune system and males have evolved to live with a trade-off between high androgen levels (and as such high fertility) and higher risk of severe viral episodes that can be even deadly. … Read more

DHT better (and safer) than testosterone for improving blood pressure, insulin levels

A great human study on the beneficial effects of androgens for a variety of metabolic biomarkers associated with insulin resistance and diabetes II. The only gripe I have with this study is that they claim it was conducted with “healthy” men when in reality all men had low plasma total testosterone (PTT), which of course … Read more

DHT / Progesterone / aspirin treat, cortisol ineffective, PUFA promotes prostate cancer

A great study, albeit in-vitro, that once again throws into doubt the entire hypothesis behind prostate cancer. First, it proves the key role of PUFA in the genesis and progression of prostate cancer by demonstrating that inhibitors of the COX enzyme (responsible for synthesizing prostaglandins from PUFA) are therapeutic even when used as a monotherapy. … Read more

Topical DHT therapy promotes hair growth

Despite mentioning it in another post on testosterone (T) treatment for hair loss, I thought that this study deserves its own post, just because its findings are so contradictory to the perennial dogma of “androgenic alopecia” – i.e. that androgens, and especially DHT, cause the male-pattern baldness in males and non-localized hair loss in women. … Read more

DHT restores anabolism / vitality / sexuality even in 90+ y.o. males

A great study, a true blast from the (better) past, when androgenic steroids and especially DHT were not considered the devil reincarnate, but were commonly used for all types of ailments, including the broad physiological and psychological symptoms of aging such as sarcopenia (muscle loss), osteoporosis, senility, apathy/depression, and even sexual function. The study demonstrates … Read more

Androgens (e.g. DHT) curative even for treatment-resistant breast cancer

As many of my readers know, back in the “good ol’ days” (when medicine was slightly less evil and berserk) breast cancer in women was treated with androgens, and the results were so impressive that a synthetic DHT-derivative known as Drostanolone / Masteron (2α-Methyl-DHT) was approved by the FDA in 1960s as the main therapy … Read more