Lowering androgens with diet/exercise only?
Recently, I have been having symptoms of hair loss...my hair is noticibly thin now than it was even 2-3 years ago. I have been mildly thinning for a while, but it is now very noticible.
Since January of this year, I have been vey strictly following a low GI/IR diet and have been exercising regularly. I have managed to bring all my lipid levels to normal range and have ovulated twice and had periods of my own (this did not happen last year!)
My bloods show raised free tetosterone (1.59ng/dl) and serum testosterone of 63 ng/dl.
My endo wants to start me on sprironolactone to help with hirsuitism and HL.
I am really scared to start this medication (I am supersensitve to all meds...can't even handle bcps, but have not been on yasmin before)
My question is, if I carry on with my healthy lifestyle, will I be able to lower my androgens enough to see an improvement in the hair issues?
I have also managed to lose 10 lb since the start of Jan.
I just would like to know some you you guys' experiences.......I would hate to take medications unecessarily for the rest of my life, if there was another way.
If I had to go on meds, I would, because this HL is SCARY.
Also, does anyone know how long it takes to lower androgens in the body?
Thanks for your help!
I don't think anyone can say for sure. Unfortunately hair loss is very difficult to reverse; I believe the majority of women on antiandrogens don't get noticable regrowth. I know for me, an antiandrogen hasn't even slowed down my shedding, although my testosterone was lower than yours even before starting the drug.
Some people do have success, though, so hopefully you'll be one of them. And hirsutism is easier to treat than alopecia, so the diet and exercise may make some difference there. Congratulations on the lifestyle changes, and I hope you can beat the odds with your hair issues.
The diet will certainly do no harm. Nor will a healthy lifestyle.
Originally Posted by cybercyster
Beware, however, of excessive exercise -- it's well known that athletes in training, fo rexample, often have their periods stop and, without the use of any anabolic steroids, begin to become somewhat masculinized. Remember that estrogen is stored in fat and a certain amount of fat is necessary for that purpose.Such women often have a male hairgtowth pattern.
It sounds like you're doing really well on your weight loss. It's possible that you will be able to balance your hormones through weight loss. Compare your blood work results now that you've lost the weight. My testosterone is around 30, since being on met. But my doc wanted me on spiro too, I'm tired of the acne but I'm what most worries me is the amount of hair falling out in the shower every night, and I'm really noticing how much thinner my hair looks so I will be giving in and starting spiro.