Androgenic alopecia - also known as male pattern baldness - is hair loss that happens because hair follicles are vulnerable to genetics and hormonal changes with age.
It is the most common form of hair loss and affects up to 70% of men and 40% of women during their lifetimes. Men typically get hairline recession at the temples and balding at the top of their heads, while women’s hair usually become thinner over their entire scalps.
As women age, loss of estrogen and higher testosterone levels cause hair to thin or fall out. In fact, testosterone and its derivative dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are the main hormones responsible for this type of hair loss - which is why men tend to experience more hair loss than women.
Health issues such as thyroid problems, reaction to chemotherapy, side effects of medications, serious illness, autoimmune disorders, unusually high levels of stress and malnutrition can also cause hair loss.
A recent study confirms that male pattern hair loss is a reversible condition in which DHT is an important causative factor.
416 men aged 21-45 years were randomly given drugs blocking DHT or an inactive control daily for 24 weeks. Drug treatment not only lowered scalp and blood DHT levels - promisingly, it also increased target area hair count compared to subjects in the control group.
Clearly, lowering DHT levels is an effective method of preventing hair loss.
However, if you suspect your hair loss is related to any underlying health problems you may have, it is essential you consult your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. Resolving underlying medical issues almost always restores hair health.
If you are vitamin deficient, it's important to find out which vitamins you're lacking - blood tests can show if you are low in biotin, vitamin D, zinc or iron, all of which are related to hair growth as well as to your overall health.
Restoring these nutrients in your body will make a noticeable difference to your wellbeing - along with restoring the health and density of your hair.
Why not try a hair loss supplement today?
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