If you are a man, hair loss can be uncomfortable and worrisome, but losing your hair is not unusual. According to the American Hair Loss Council, 40% of young men ages 16 to 28 suffer from hair loss, and by the time men reach 50, about 85% have experienced significant thinning. Here are 4 reasons that men lose their hair.
Male Pattern Baldness
The most common reason that men lose their hair is from Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). The technical name for MPB is androgenic alopecia. This condition is responsible for 95% of hair loss in men. Men (and women) suffering from MPB inherit hair follicles that are sensitive to a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes hair follicles to shrink, and the follicles stop producing hair, or cause hair to thin. Men usually experience a receding hairline first, and then the loss and thinning of hair on top of the head, leaving a “horseshoe” of hair around the sides of the head.
Diet & Nutrition
Many people who start to experience hair loss first look to diet and nutrition for a natural remedy. Unfortunately, the unregulated market allows the selling of “lotions and potions” that claim to help prevent hair loss or even regrow hair. Decreased protein intake, niacin deficiencies, and sudden weight loss have been shown to effect hair growth, as well as the over-supply of selenium, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. Overall, there is very little conclusive research about the role of nutrient supplementation and hair growth.
Alopecia is a general term for hair loss, and can include many different reasons for losing your hair. People commonly use the term for alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss on the scalp, face, and other parts of the body. The body’s immune system attacks hair follicles, causing them to shrink in size and slow the growth of hair. This sometimes causes complete hair loss. While there are medical treatments for alopecia areata, they may not be for everyone.
Thyroid Disorders and Hormone Imbalances
Both hypothyroidism (when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones) and hyperthyroidism (when the gland produces too much) can cause hair loss in men. When hormones are not produced properly in the body, they can inhibit the regrowth of hair at the follicles after it grows out. This means that the hair thins across the entire scalp, rather than having patches of hair loss or bald spots. This type of hair loss, like some other kinds of medical hair loss, are temporary and hair usually re-grows a few months after the treatment is over.
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