by Mary

The last time I wrote to you I did not mention that I have hypoglycemia. The article I read from a doctor stated that it would really help my adrenal glands and in turn would help my hair thinning because they work together.

Can you agree with that and why?

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Dec 07, 2010
by: Wray

Hi Mary I take it you mean will progesterone help the hypoglycaemia, adrenals and hair loss? Progesterone does stabilise blood glucose to a certain extent by inhibiting glucose oxidation and reducing glycerol levels, see here. Progesterone is the precursor to cortisol, one of our stress hormones. Initially progesterone increases in response to stress, see here. But if prolonged it drops, as the adrenals convert it to cortisol. So using supplemental progesterone does help the adrenals. It's also a calming and anxiolytic hormone, so reducing the stress response which of course helps the adrenals, see here, here and here. Thinning hair is due to excess testosterone, this rises for a number of reasons. The main being an increase in insulin levels, as insulin stimulates testosterone release. But this rises in response to excess glucose in the blood. Please try to avoid all starchy, sugary foods, like grains and legumes. And even good ones like the sweet fruits, or sweet root and fruit veggies. In metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance the level of insulin rises, so does testosterone. I'm not sure how old you are but if in peri-menopause this could be the reason. Although insulin resistance can affect us at any age, please see our page on Insulin Resistance. You might like to look at these papers too, here, here and here. Please consider taking 2000mg/day inositol, this helps reverse IR and is often called the anti-alopecia vitamin. 2000mg/day N-acetyl cysteine, this makes skin, hair and nails strong, 100mg/day thiamine (B1) and 2-3mg/day biotin, these also help stabilise blood glucose and consequently hair growth. Take care Wray

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