Male Hair Loss
Causes of Male Hair Loss
Most males are going to experience some form of hair loss at some point. In fact, by age 65, about 75% of males have already begun the process of hair loss. There are many different types of hair loss, all caused by a variety of factors. Here are the most common causes of hair loss:
Excessive DHT: DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, is a sex steroid and androgen hormone that is responsible for male pattern baldness, the most common cause of male hair loss. Hair follicles are incredibly sensitive to DHT, which is why it’s important to keep DHT levels in check. Excessive DHT causes hair follicles to shrink, which results in a shorter lifespan of each strand of hair.
Likewise, DHT blocks the absorption of vital nutrients required for hair follicles to grow. This shortens the growing phase of hair follicles and increases the resting phase. This results in thinning hair and eventually the hair follicles will stop growing all together.
Scalp infections: Scalp infections like ringworm invade the hair follicles on your scalp, leading to hair loss. Generally speaking, once the infection is treated, hair will start to grow back like normal.
Medical Conditions: Medical conditions like Alopecia Areata can cause hair loss. Alopecia Areata is a condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack hair follicles that causes roundish patches of hair to fall out./p>
Other skin disorders like lupus and lichen planus cause the skin to scar, which can prevent hair from growing in the future.
Medications: A variety of drugs can cause hair loss. The most common type of drugs that may cause hair loss are used to treat the following conditions: arthritis, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and cholesterol. Generally speaking, changing medications can help stop hair loss and allow hair to start growing again.
Physical or Emotional Trauma: Physical trauma like sudden weight loss can cause hair to naturally start thinning. Likewise, a death in the family or divorce can cause hair loss, although it is fairly uncommon for men.
Thyroid Issues: The thyroid gland controls numerous reactions in your body, including hormone levels. If the gland isn’t working properly, excessive DHT may start to accumulate, leading to hair loss.
While all of the problems mentioned can be the cause of hair loss, excessive DHT is overwhelmingly the most common cause. Luckily, a large amount of research has been put into hair loss and there are now numerous treatment options available to stop excessive DHT from causing hair loss.