Thursday, 23 August 2012

Baldness Cure?/Propecia: Prince William, Justin Bieber & .Prince Charles, Yul Brunner, Wayne Rooney & Sir Bobby Charlton

Justin Bieber/ Prince William Debate 

Justin Bieber, 18, the Canadian singer with a luxuriant head of hair at the moment, suggests - with all the candour of youth - the Duke of Cambridge takes Propecia. 'Have you not got it over here?' he said.

A quick look at Wikipedia came up with the goods as to why it is to be hoped Prince William doesn’t take it.
(brand names Proscar and Propecia by Merck), is a synthetic type-2 5α-reductase inhibitor. This enzyme converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Finasteride is approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male pattern baldness (MPB) Finasteride may improve the symptoms associated with BPH such as difficulty urinating, getting up during the night to urinate, hesitation at the start of urination, and decreased urinary flow.

Side effects of Finasteride include impotence (1.1% to 18.5%), abnormal ejaculation (7.2%), decreased ejaculatory volume (0.9% to 2.8%), abnormal sexual function (2.5%), gynecomastia (2.2%), erectile dysfunction (1.3%), ejaculation disorder (1.2%) and testicular pain”.

Adverse effects

Baldness runs in families and is thought to be inherited, as a picture Prince Charles, shows.  

 Wayne Rooney has had rather a good hair transplant. He has had FUE - follicular unit extraction BUT , according to the Mail Online, he also has to take Propecia daily.

Baldness never hindered Yul Brunner, it added to his attraction, although he shaved his head.

The one bugbear  with balding men is those with a comb-over: men with a very low parting, whose hair is then brought back over to the other side so they hide, or think they hide, the bald patch. Sir Bobby Charlton was famous for his.
But he was and is loved anyway. And now he doesn't have a comb-over.
We are now happily waiting for another heir or heiress in line to the throne, bald or not.