Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons and there isn’t one single cause. Male pattern baldness is a type of hair loss that is externally common and most men will experience it at some point in life.
Today we’re looking into how your health can affect hair loss, and if it is one of the causes of male pattern baldness.
Male pattern baldness, commonly known as androgenetic alopecia is a type of hair loss that can affect both men and women to some degree as they age. Your hair will progress to thin and can eventually lead to baldness on some areas of the scalp. In most cases, hair loss begins at the temples, with the hairline gradually receding. However, you can also notice hair at the crown (back) of the head getting thinner.
As we age our hair follicles can shrink, due to the effects or certain hormones that can break down the hair growth cycle. Male pattern baldness is a result of our hair follicles shrinking due to the effect of two androgens, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
The combination of the two hormones results in changes to the hairs covering the scalp and results with hair loss. The power of the hormones group together and break down the hair growth cycle and make the growth phase shorter. The shedding phase of your hair cycle will remain the same, meaning you’ll be shedding hair faster than it grows. This results in the hair receding and balding.
We’re often asked if any health conditions can have an impact on, or even cause male pattern baldness as well as getting asked if living a healthier lifestyle can reduce the chances of male pattern baldness.
In 2016 two investigations into the links between genetic hair loss and men’s health revealed information that caused some medical professionals to call for male pattern baldness to be re-classified. Going from a cosmetic problem to a potential indicator or certain illness.
The first investigation found a shared pathogenesis between male hair loss and BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia) -an enlarged prostate, which can lead to bladder problems.
A second study found that men with significant levels of pattern hair loss also suffered more with hypertension, aortic stiffness and impaired coronary microcirculation. The most recent study of March 2017 has findings that link male hair loss to high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.
There have also been links between prostate cancer and hair loss from the crown, however, more studies are needed to answer questions about the links between prostate cancer and male pattern baldness.
There are some links between certain health issues and male pattern baldness, however, at current, there is not enough research or evidence to conclude the studies.
In most cases, male pattern baldness is often hereditary and isn’t something you will be able to completely stop. However, in many cases, hair loss can be accelerated by certain lifestyles and a handful of small changes could help slow your hair loss down.
Issues such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels are linked to early hair loss, as well as lifestyle factors that reduce the supply of oxygen to the scalp such as smoking and drinking as these are linked to the shrinking of hair follicles.
A few simple lifestyle changes can help towards slowing down hair loss at a younger age. Regular exercise, such as running or cycling for 30 minutes a day can help to reduce both high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Also reducing your alcohol intake and quitting smoking can benefit the health of your hair and help towards slowing hair loss down. Lastly, eating a healthy balanced diet with the right mixture of vitamins and minerals can help keep your hair healthy.
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