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    Baldness in men – why does baldness occur more in men?

    Billions of men around the world wish to know the answer to ‘Why does baldness in men is more common?’ Well, let’s find it out.

    Baldness is the condition characterized by partial or complete hair loss. It may occur in the form of male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. There are three other terms regarding hair loss that you should be familiar with. Alopecia areata refers to hair loss in the form of patches (patchy hair loss), Alopecia totalis describes complete loss of hair from the head and the third condition you should know is Alopecia universalis in which there is loss of hair from both head and body.


    The male-pattern or androgenic alopecia happens to be more common. This kind of baldness pattern can affect both genders but the most common patients are elderly males however it can happen to teenagers as well. The male-pattern baldness is exhibited as horseshoe pattern in which hair covers the scalp from sides and around the back of the head.

    Testosterone

    An obvious answer to why baldness in men is more common is the male hormone Testosterone. If you want to go into details regarding this answer, then let me tell you that in men, testosterone is converted into a more powerful and potent androgen called ‘Dihydrotestosterone’ (DHT). This hormone has its own physiological uses and functions such as the development of external genitalia in male embryo and the development of secondary sex characteristics in adults.

    Baldness usually occurs in elderly males however it can happen to teenagers as well

    Baldness usually occurs in elderly males however it can happen to teenagers as well

    Sometimes the hair follicles tend to become sensitive to DHT and then, the thing men dread most begins to happen – hair thinning and hair loss starts. Sensitivity of the hair follicles to DHT is usually explained to be genetic matter. According to American Medical Association (AMA), there is a 4 in 7 chance of inheriting the gene of baldness.

    DHT appears to affect the hair follicle growth phase due to reasons which are yet to be discovered. It is mostly initiated with follicular miniaturization, which is exhibited by smaller and thinner hair growth. The growth phase of hair is shortened and they finally begin to fall off. 5-alpha reductase is an enzyme which is mainly responsible for the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Therefore, in males with androgenic alopecia, the level of this enzyme is profoundly high.

    Other causes of hair loss

    Few other factors which contribute to the loss and reduced growth of hair in men and also in women include severe emotional or physiological stress, hypothyroidism, crash diets, eating disorder, chronic disease, surgery, anemia and drugs. It can also be due to excessive and rigorous brushing, rough scalp massage and forceful pulling and bending of hair.

      Exposure to impure water stands out to be another cause of hair loss. Moreover, phototoxic effect of the sun leads to the aging of scalp skin and hence it affects hair growth.

    Let us keep in mind that these are other causes of less hair on scalp. The main culprit is the male sex hormone which is present in greater quantities in men as compared to women, hence, plays a crucial role in hair loss in males.

    Treatment

    If you are one of the many who has inherited baldness gene and are scared of a vision of loosing your hair, don’t worry. There are many remedies which precisely aim to block the DHT hormone before it gets a chance to harm the hair follicles. Pro-vitamin B5 is the most frequently recommended remedy. It is known to be an important element for hair growth and its dietary sources include legumes, grains, egg, milk, meat and veggies. Pro-vitamin B5 can also be obtained in the form of supplements or as an active ingredient in various shampoos. There are famous zinc supplements available as well, which can save you from hair fall.  Try to avoid stress that can only worsen your condition -make sure you get a professional advice from a doctor regarding their use.

    Anna L.

    It’s all about health!
    I have academic background in drugs related Chemical Technology, as well as extensive professional experience in pharma and medical companies. My main area of interest is everyday life medicine. The goal of my articles is to give people informative answers to the questions that bother them, to dispel doubts and some common misbeliefs and also to inspire everyone to keep healthy lifestyle.

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Discussion One Response

  1. February 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    If your a lad and your Dad went bald it’s odds on you will too eventually. Instead of worrying about it simply accept it. No other treatment needed.

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