Men's Hair Loss Causes and Baldness
Understanding the cause of men's hair loss may
better indicate exactly why it presently has no
The most common cause of hair loss in men, is
male pattern baldness representing almost 95% of
all hair loss in men. Men who have this type of
hair loss usually have inherited it as part of
their genetic makeup.
ALOPECIA - the modem medical term for male
pattern hair loss - can be broken down in two
First, Androgenetic, consisting of ANDROGEN (Any
of the various hormones that control the
appearance and development of masculine
characteristics such as testosterone). And
GENETIC--the inheritance of genes from either
the mother or the father's side of the family.
Add AGE, which when coupled with genetics,
represents a time clock that will signal the
hair follicle to produce an enzyme named 5 alpha
reductase. When the testosterone currently in the
follicle combines with the enzyme 5 alpha reductase, it produces dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Second, ALOPECIA meaning hair loss, of which
there are many types.
Put simply, scientists are working against
aging, hormones and genetics. This is no easy
task. Add the fact that male or female pattern
hair loss is not life threatening, and it is
easy to see why many physicians do not view hair
loss as a priority in scientific research.
What is working for you in terms of research is
that large pharmaceutical firms now know that a
cure for hair loss could mean a fortune in
revenue for their companies and stockholders.
Although we may not see a cure in our lifetime,
it is possible. Science is closer to
understanding thinning hair due to many recent
advancements. To say the cure is around the
corner would only be speculation but hope
certainly is alive.
Hair Loss in Men
Generally thought to be an autoimmune
disorder. Causes "patchy" hair loss, often
in small circular areas in different areas
of the scalp.
Total hair loss of the scalp, (an advanced
form of alopecia areata).
universalis: Hair loss of the entire body,
(also an advanced form of alopecia areata).
alopecia: Hair loss caused by tension and physical
stress on the hair from
prolonged use of hair weaving, corn rows
effiuvium: Hair loss Caused by Physical
stress, emotional stress, thyroid
abnormalities, medications and hormonal
causes normally associated with females.
Generally due to internally administered
medications, such as chemotherapy agents,
that poison the growing hair follicle.
(TTM), or "trich" as it is commonly known,
is an impulse control disorder characterized
by the repeated urge to pull out scalp hair,
eyelashes, facial hair, nose hair, eyebrows
or other body hair, often resulting in
noticeable bald patches.
One of the most common side effects of
chemotherapy treatment is hair loss.
Chemotherapy hair loss may occur on the
scalp, face, underarms, and other places on
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