Thinning Hair And Male Baldness
Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of male hair loss. Humans produce an enzyme known as Type II alpha reductase, which induces a chemical change in testosterone, turning it into DHT. Testosterone is a type of androgen hormone. DHT binds easily to hair follicles, shrinking the follicles, resulting in a shorter hair life span and abnormal hair growth. The thinning and or balding process starts after. Male hair loss is more common since male bodies produce a higher amount of testosterone.
More than 90% of male hair loss is associated with thin hair around the crown of the head, as well as the front of scalp. Sometimes the thin hair in the front of the scalp is accompanied with a receding hairline. Hair loss is noticeable in your middle ages, although some males in their twenties can be affected.
Men lose approximately 100 strands of hair a day, due to naturally shedding, and are replaced within the normal hair growth cycle. Hair loss tends to occur when men lose over 100 strands of hair a day or when lost hairs just simply do not growth back.
The most common types of hair loss for men includes a receding hair line at the temple and front of scalp, balding on the top back of scalp, and diffuse thinning (thinning of hair without change to hair line). Although general hair loss follows these trends, every person has their own unique patterns and combinations. The chart below can you further understand the type of hair loss you suffer from.
Main causes of hair loss for men:
- Physical stress: medical surgery, serious illness, rapid weight change, etc.
- Emotional stress: death in family, mental disorder, etc.
- Thyroid irregularity
- Hormonal causes: high levels of testosterone
- Medications: excessive doses of vitamin A, hypertension medications, etc.Healthy hair growth can be achieved by reversing the above causes.
How your diet and stress levels can lead to hair loss:
- Physical-Emotional Stress
Any life threatening stress can lead to hair loss since the body goes into a temporary “red alert” and slows down any processes that are not essential to living, like hair growth. The body reallocates its energy to repair any damage and to reestablish homeostasis. After the body slows down and or stops hair growth, hair loss is not noticeable until 3 months after a traumatic event. The same is for hair re-growth too. Thus the whole process would take over 6 months, if you approach the problem as soon as it presents itself. Other health conditions may contribute to hair loss like, anemia, low blood count, and thyroid abnormalities.
- Diet Concerns
Due to the lack of healthy diets among average men, most of them are advised by their doctors to take dietary supplements to help them get their daily nutrients. Although taking dietary supplements do help you get your daily nutrients, dermatologists agree that these supplements are high in vitamin A. The high content can accelerate and magnify hair loss patterns.
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