Dr Harold Bornstein says US leader famous for his distinctive hairstyle takes prostate-related drug that stimulates growth
The secret to Donald Trumps hair has finally been revealed. The US president takes a prostate-related drug that stimulates hair growth, his longtime doctor has said.
Dr Harold Bornstein told the New York Times during a series of recent interviews that Trump, who at 70 is the oldest person to become US president, takes a small dose of the drug finasteride, which lowers levels of prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, and is marketed as Propecia to treat male pattern baldness.
Bornstein, 69, said he also took the drug to maintain his own shoulder-length hair. He has all his hair, the doctor said. I have all my hair.
The drug prevents testosterone from converting into a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which can cause male pattern baldness by blocking the absorption of nutrients needed for healthy hair follicles.
Trumps hair has been compared to that of his late mother, Mary, who also had a penchant for sweeping her hair over to one side.
Bornstein has been Trumps personal doctor for 36 years. He became part of the presidential campaign in December 2015, when Trump published a doctors letter from him that declared the then Republican nominee would be the healthiest individual elected to the presidency.
The letter also revealed that Trump had low levels of PSA which is a marker for prostate cancer. At the time, urologists who were not linked to Trump said he must have received medical care for an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer. But Trumps intake of finasteride would also explain why his PSA was 0.15. Bornstein attributed Trumps low PSA level to the medication and told the New York Times he had had no prostate-related care.
According to advice on patient.info, side-effects of finasteride may include a loss of sex drive and a reduced ability to get an erection.