There are a number of causes of hair loss. “Androgenetic Alopecia” (AA) also referred to as “male pattern” is the most common cause of hair loss in men. It is genetic and can be inherited from the mother or father. DHT (a testosterone derivative) attacks susceptible scalp hair follicles resulting in miniaturization (decrease size) of the follicles, thinning hair and ultimately bald scalp.
Hair loss is progressive through our lifetime. By the time a man is in his 50’s he has a greater than 50% chance of displaying some genetic baldness. (delete the following part of the paragraph in it’s entirety that starts with: “In certain areas of the head, the cells around hair shafts have more 5-alpha reductase (the enzyme that makes DHT). As a result these areas have more DHT and generally demonstrate greater hair loss.
What is DHT, you ask?
It’s a hormone found in your body that can shrink the hair follicle until it no longer produces visible hair. In men with a family history of hair loss, DHT is believed to contribute to the progressive shrinking of hair follicles and a decrease in the number of visible hairs.
In short, if you have a family history of hair loss on either side of your family, you may have an increased risk for male pattern hair loss.
By far, the most common cause of hair loss is HEREDITARY.
Male Pattern hair loss (MPHL) affects 50 million men in the United States.
Common Hair Loss Myths for both Men & Women:Excessive washing, brushing or use of hair products causes hair lossStress causes permanent hair lossCutting or shaving your hair will make it grow back thickerThere is nothing I can do about my hair lossActual Medical Conditions that can cause Hair Loss:AnemiaEndocrine problemsCrash dietsMedicationsThyroid diseaseConnective tissue diseasesSevere emotional stressTrauma
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In Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL) there is an increase in the circulating hormone DHT that results from the 5-alpha reductase type 2 enzymatic conversion of testosterone
DHT attaches to a receptor in the follicle of the hairs located in the hairline, bridge and vertex zones causing a progressive miniaturization with each hair cycle