Tag: Causes and treatment for hair loss in men

Hair loss: Why does it happen, and can it be stopped?

You lose up to 100 hairs from your scalp every day. That’s normal, and in most people, those hairs grow back. But many men — and some women — lose hair as they grow older. You can also lose your hair if you have certain diseases, such as thyroid problems, diabetes, or lupus. If you take certain medicines or have chemotherapy for cancer, you may also lose your hair. Other causes are stress, a low protein diet, a family history, or poor nutrition.

Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. In some cases, treating the underlying cause will correct the problem. Other treatments include medicines and hair restoration.

Causes of Hair Loss

Many people experience some hair loss due to age, hormone changes, and genetics. However, a loss of hair can be caused by other factors, including:

·    Certain medications, including some antidepressants, blood thinners (anticoagulants), and chemotherapy treatments for cancer

·     Fungal infection, such as ringworm of the scalp

·    Significant stress on the body from a surgery or serious illness

·     Vitamin deficiencies and thyroid problems

·     Hormone imbalances or disruptions including pregnancy and childbirth (temporary) or menopause

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Also there is a different pattern of baldness in men and women. Men are more commonly affected than women due to the genetic variations.

The most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia, also referred to as male or female pattern baldness.

A hereditary condition, androgenetic alopecia is believed to be caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which derives from the male hormone testosterone.

An enzyme called Type 2 5-alpha reductase – present in the oil glands of hair follicles, the skin organs that produce hair – helps convert testosterone to DHT. This derivative then binds to and shrinks hair follicles, killing healthy hair.

Because men have higher testosterone levels than women, they are likely to produce higher DHT levels, leading to increased hair loss. As such, men with androgenetic alopecia often experience a receding hairline which can progress to partial or complete baldness, while women tend to experience hair thinning on the top and sides of the scalp.

“Hair thinning in female pattern baldness is different from that of male pattern baldness in that the frontal hairline remains unaffected except for normal recession, which happens to everyone as time passes, and hair loss rarely progresses to total or near total baldness, as it may in men,” Dr. Marc Glashofer, a dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, explained to Medical News Today.

Testosterone gets converted to dihydrotestosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. The role of DHT in hair loss is that DHT binds to the androgen receptors present on the hair follicles. Binding of DHT to hair follicles causes the alteration in the hair growth cycle and results in the hair miniaturization. It is known that DHT binds to follicle receptors five times more avidly than testosterone.

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Can it be stopped?

Hair loss can be stopped through natural as well as synthetic treatments. Nowadays a variety of safe options are available for the treatment of hair loss.  

Get a detailed description on the various means to prevent hair loss in the following article : https://akclinics.org/blog/hair-loss-articles/

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