The most common cause of male hair loss is androgenetic alopecia or more commonly, male pattern baldness. The male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) attaches to the hair follicles causing them to shrink or slowly close. As the follicle shrinks, it closes around the root and hair growth is restricted. This causes the hair strand to thin and eventually fall out.
In the vast majority of cases this process is a very gradual one, taking place over some 20-30 years and not generally starting, until a man is at least in his thirties. However, younger men can also be affected and the more susceptible among them, could find themselves with advanced male pattern baldness by the time they reach their early twenties.
Recognising the signs of male pattern baldness and treating it early will increase the chances of preventing complete hair loss. In cases of male pattern baldness the signs are quite obvious; baldness begins to occur first at the front of the head and the hairline recedes noticeably to the left and right of centre. This creates a V shape in the hairline. From there, hair on the top of the head starts to thin, producing a bald patch. This in time increases in size until all that is left of a previously full head of hair, are the sides and the back. These too will gradually thin out and disappear.
Three factors combine to produce male pattern baldness
Stress, Accident, Surgery or Trauma
Stress, accident, surgery and trauma all cause the body stress and in response to stress, all non-essential systems within the body are temporarily shut down. This concentrates the body’s resources enabling it to utilise energy more efficiently and recover more quickly. Hair growth amongst other things is considered non-essential, therefore any energy directed to it in the case of a major incident is considered wasted. The body will temporarily shut down hair growth redirecting the energy to where it’s needed for survival.
Unlike male pattern balding, any stress related hair loss is rarely permanent. The body will direct its energy back to hair growth etc when it is safe to do so.
An iron deficiency together with low blood pressure and poor circulation can lead to diffuse hair loss from all over the scalp. Hairs become lighter, finer and more brittle, breaking off easily.
This is quite quickly treated following a blood test, with iron tablets taken as a food supplement.
Hypo or Hyper Thyroidism
If your thyroid gland is over or under active, it will unbalance the hormones and your hair may fall out. This hair loss is usually helped through treatment for thyroid disease. Correcting the hormonal imbalance should stop your hair loss.
Some prescription medicines may lead to hair loss as they may temporarily upset the hormonal balance within the body. Quite often these imbalances are necessary to treat another issue and upon completion of medication, things return to normal.
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