About a twin who took Dutasteride to stop his hair loss...
We are a pair of identical twins who suffer from Male Pattern Hair Loss with one noticeable difference; one twin still has most of his hair.
Since my twin brother (Twin A - on the left of all photos) started showing signs of baldness in 2003 he has treated his hair loss with a whole variety of products. Fortunately he has managed to prevent the hair loss that I have experienced by taking a DHT Blocker known as Dutasteride. I (Twin B - on the right of all the photographs) did nothing up until January 2010 to stop my hair loss, and the results are clear to see...
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Pictured above on the left of the photos is my twin brother - Twin A. The dutasteride twin and on the right is me - Twin B, who took nothing to prevent my hair loss for 5 years. I show clear signs of Male Pattern Hair Loss (also known as Male Pattern Baldness), whilst my twin brother (a) shows very little signs.
In the first photo above we can see that Twin A still has small signs of hair loss, which shows he does actually have male pattern baldness but he prevented it from spreading early on through using Dutasteride.
We had the same amount of hair throughout our childhood, teens and early adulthood. However, like our father, baldness was soon knocking on the door, and I decided to let him in, whereas my twin brother kept the door shut with Dutasteride.
We are the only identical twins in the world to have tested Dutasteride for use in hair loss prevention for as long as 5 years with one twin taking the drug once a day and the other forgoing any substance or method of combatting hair loss. The results my twin brother has experienced have been incredible, which is why I want to share this experience with other men that are encountering the same problem.
The test was purely accidental and not deliberate. My twin brother was more concerned with his hair loss at the time than I was with mine. It took me a further 5 years to actually be concerned enough to act. I'm sure most men are like me, they wait for clear confirmation that something is happening and then they decide to act as opposed to listening to dealing with the problem early on. However, the truth is, even though I am balder than my twin brother, it doesn't bother me as much as it would do him. This is the main reason why he acted much sooner than I did.
In case you fail to see the relevance in me and my brother being twins, I will explain further. We are monozygotic twins (identical twins) who have virtually identical DNA. There is some possibility that we may have variations in CNV (Copy Number Variation) in a few areas, but on the whole our make up is the same. Therefore, we are both prone to the effects of Male Pattern Hair Loss. However, early on in the process of Twin A's hair loss, he started using Dutasteride to combat his receding hair line. This is why he shows only small signs of hair loss on the crown of his head and none at the front. My hair loss on the other hand has progressed as normal.
As mentioned, the chance of our CNV's relating to Male Pattern Hair Loss being different is virtually zero. From the photos we can see that Patrick had started receding at the same rate I had before he started to use Dutasteride.
All other factors in our life remained the same. We both did sports regularly, shared similar diets and grew up in the same environment.
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So we all now know my twin brother and I are predisposed to the effects of male pattern hair loss. As men in today's society we all want to look as healthy as possible and having a full head of hair can make a big difference to our confidence.
If like me and my twin brother you experience male pattern baldness then your days are numbered before your hair begins to visibly recede. Perhaps it has already begun, I know I have thin hair in several places, but hopefully by using Dutasteride I will be able to keep hold of the rest of my hair for a much longer period.
Male pattern baldness (or Male Pattern Hair Loss MPHL) affects men at different ages. Many sufferers will see their hair starting to thin in their mid twenties to early thirties, when suddenly we are reminded that we are getting older and that a great head of hair we once had can start to look rather patchy. You can find out more about Male Pattern Hair Loss here.
Below you can see that it runs in my family. My father became bold at a very young age, so i'm actually grateful for having 5 extra years with my full head of hair than my he did. My older brother is also pictured below and he now suffers from male pattern hair loss.
I started to experience hair loss in my early twenties when my first signs of thin hair were pointed out by my work mates. They would tell me there was a bald patch growing on the crown of my head. Where as before I had a full head of shiny hair, it now looked weak and fragile on my crown. When I looked in the mirror I was a little concerned but I turned a blind eye to what was happening. It was easier to do that in the short term, instead of taking preventative measures, I chose the easy way out and buried my head in the sand! My brother decided to tackle his hair loss and he has reaped the rewards of preventing a problem rather than trying to solve one. If you suffer from male pattern hair loss I hope you have decided to act earlier than I did!
Here's why catching hair loss in it's early stages can make life easier...
- Approximately 25% of men begin balding by the age of 30. Many men start going bald in their twenties, if your one of them it's better to act now if you want a chance of preventing male pattern hair loss.
- Regrowing hair is much more difficult than preventing hair loss, so prevention will always beat trying to fix weak and thin hair.
- My twin brother started using Dutasteride when he had a slight amount of hair loss and since then has suffered no further hair loss. He has a nice thick head of hair.
Important Notice: For those men that are considering taking Dutasteride, or any other hair loss drug, this site DOES NOT act as a form of medical consultation or advice. I am simply sharing my own experiences with you so please consult your local physician if you have any concerns. Please consult my disclaimer and waiver of responsibility in the footer of my website.
What I can say about the contrast in our hair loss is that I have provided clear personal photographic evidence that shows the effectiveness of Dutasteride for my twin brother. Just browse the collection of photos I have in the hair loss photo gallery to see for yourself.