Updated: Mar 7
What are the top 5 causes of male hair loss?
Hair loss is very common in men. In fact, approximately 30% of men over the age of 35 experience thinning and hair loss and approximately 60% of men over the age of 50 have described concern about their hair loss. What are the most common causes of hair loss in men? Dr. Hootan Zandifar, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon goes over the common causes of hair loss and balding in men.
The number one cause of male hair loss is genetic. This is a condition that is referred to as androgenetic alopecia. It is more commonly known as male pattern baldness. This type of hair loss runs in the family and contrary to popular belief, it is passed on from both maternal and paternal genes.
A second main cause of male hair loss in men is due to auto-immune diseases. An autoimmune disease is when you own body's immune system attacks itself (in this case the hair follicles). Some of these conditions include Alopecia areata, Alopecia totalis, autoimmune thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s Disease (underactive thyroid) or Grave’s Disease (overactive thyroid), Crohn's Disease, Lupus, and Rheumatoid arthritis.
A third cause of male hair loss is caused by nutritional deficiencies. Iron deficiency is a very common cause of male hair loss. Iron helps to carry oxygen through the blood there for, lack of iron can lead to lack of oxygen delivery and eventually to hair thinning and hair loss. Other vitamins and mineral such as vitamin D and Zinc, play a role in hair growth and thus deficiencies in these can lead to hair thinning and hair loss.
A fourth cause of male hair loss can be due to stress and trauma. Stress can lead to a condition called telogen effluvium. Emotional and physical stresses such as a disease or major life event can cause hair follicles to fall. Generally, once the stressor is removed hair will gradually regrow.
Certain medications such as those used to treat depression, high blood pressure, arthritis, and cancer can cause hair loss.
Finally, hormone imbalance in me can lead to hair loss. Conditions such as excessive testosterone and growth hormone can lead to hair thinning and hair loss.
In closing, hair loss in me is a very common condition. Luckily, today there are several solutions to stop hair loss and in cases where the hair loss has progressed too far, hair transplantation is an excellent solution.
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