Ever wondered what may be responsible for US President Donald Trump’s thick crop of hair? His personal physician disclosed recently that Trump owes his thick hair to a drug called Finasteride.
Dr. Harold Bornstein revealed that the President takes a number of medications. Apart from popping a pill to lower heart attack risk, and medicines to treat a skin condition as well as to lower cholesterol, Trump relies on finasteride to curb hair loss.
All About Finasteride
Finasteride, better known by such brand names as Propecia, is orally administered. It works by preventing the breakdown of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
It is DHT that neutralizes the chemical signal at the hair follicle, which triggers new hair cell generation. When that signal fails on account of the DHT, male pattern baldness is likely to set in.
The medication has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after undergoing three trials. According to FDA data, men who took the medication had 170 more hair per square inch (16 per square centimeter) after a year of usage, and 277 more hair per square inch (43 per square cm.) after five years of use.
There are a few side effects as incorporated in a 2016 review of studies published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Among the findings is that 3.4 percent to 15.8 percent of men using the drug complained of erectile dysfunction and decreased libido.
There was also a slight association with depression. Pregnant women who take the drug also have the risk of bearing babies with birth defects.
The People Who Noticed Trump’s Hair
Over the years, a number of people have been noticing the thinning hair on the President’s head. Many months before the elections, there has been a torrent of media attention on his inscrutable hairdo which has, in some instances, been called a `head rug.’
In 2012, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered to pay $1 million to the charity of Trump’s choice – if Trump would shave his whole head. Trump tweeted back, “Only 1 mil. Dollars? Offer me real money and I’d consider it.”
Last month, an entomologist and evolutionary biologist based in Ottawa, Vazrick Nazari, named a new species of moth Neopalpa donaldtrumpi. Formerly a single species of moth, Neopalpa Neonata is the size of a thumbnail, with dark, mottled wings folded straight back.
It belongs to the Gelechiidae family of twirler moths, known for spinning in circles on the surface of leaves. A cousin of Neonata, the new Neopalpa species donaltrumpi has been called as such by Nazari for the distinctive wave of yellowish-white scales that cascaded from the moth’s head.
In those scales, the author found an amusing reference to Donald Trump’s hairstyle. In naming the moth after the US President, the entomologist hoped to promote awareness of “the importance of conservation of the fragile habitats that still contain undescribed and threatened species.”