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How to increase DHT levels

DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone and is a potent hormone found in males. DHT is responsible for differentiation of the penis, scrotum and prostate during fetal life. In adults, DHT can cause prostate growth, balding and increase sebaceous gland activity. In males, DHT is converted to testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. Conversion occurs in male testes and is controlled by the amount of testosterone hormone available. There are ways to increase DHT either through medication or by increasing testosterone, which indirectly increases DHT in the body.

Administer leuprolide, a gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist, in a pulsatile fashion and monitor the patient. Leuprolide will stimulate testosterone production because it is a gonadotrophin hormone analogue. DHT is converted to testosterone by 5-alpha reductase. If the enzyme is stimulated, then more testosterone will get converted to DHT. Drugs and hormones that stimulate testosterone production will eventually cause a rise in DHT levels in the body.

Eat fatty foods that cause an increase in DHT levels in the body. Foods that are high in fat and contain high cholesterol increase DHT levels. Meats and saturated fats can help DHT levels to rise in the body. Pastries, margarine and processed foods contain high enough fat content to stimulate larger DHT production.

Build more muscle mass to stimulate a DHT rise in the body. Weightlifting causes muscles to stimulate testosterone production and will cause DHT levels to increase. Increase protein intake. Diets that increase DHT levels include meals with 30 per cent fat, slightly lower protein and even less carbohydrates.

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Sonya Kanti has more than five years of experience writing professionally. Currently in medical school, she focuses her writing on health-related issues. She's written for the "PITT MED" medical magazine published by the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in biochemistry from Loyola University Chicago.