We all would love to one day be able to take a pill that could reverse all the visible signs of aging, like gray hair or hair loss, and it seems scientists may be one step closer to developing one.
A new study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine decided to test a previous study that suggested that fatty foods affect the production of fats called glycosphingolipids, which are in the cells on the top layer of the skin and those that control the pigment of the skin, eyes and hair. They wanted to see if disrupting those GLSs would result in changes to the skin and eyes.
Researchers tested their theory out on mice, and those that were fed a Western diet filled with fats wound up losing their hair and getting skin lesions. After 36 weeks they were then treated with D-threo-1-phenyl-2-decanoylamino-3-morpholino-1-propanol (D-PDMP), a man-made drug that stops the production of those GSLs, and the mice were able to not only regrow their hair, but it turned from gray to black, and their skin inflammation lessoned.
Of course, this doesn’t mean this will necessarily work on humans, but scientists are hopeful. “Further research is needed,” Dr. Subroto Chatterjee,co-author of the study and professor of pediatrics and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine says, “but our findings show promise for someday using the drug we developed for skin diseases, such as psoriasis, and wounds resulting from diabetes or plastic surgery.”