Male Pattern Baldness:
Aging or Androgenetic?
How to Prevent Hair Loss and
What to Do After It Happens
In North America, millions of men suffer from the effects of baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, on a daily basis. The condition can be emotionally and physically hard to come to terms with, as a full head of hair is often a large part of what defines a man’s identity. When male pattern baldness occurs, the emotional side effects can be just as devastating as the physical ones, often causing those affected to develop self-esteem issues or, in serious cases, depression.
Male Pattern Balding Can Be Very Emotionally Damaging Yet It’s Easily Treated
So Why Do Only 7% Seek Professional Treatment?
The American Hair Loss Association for Men states it estimates the following:
“Androgenetic alopecia or common male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By the age of 35 two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of fifty approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. Approximately 25% of men who suffer with male pattern baldness begin the painful process before they reach the age of 21.”
If you’re dealing with hair loss, we want you to know that there are many reasons why you could be losing hair. Hair loss is a condition that is not nearly as clear-cut as most people think, and by learning more about it, those affected can find the many forms of effective treatment and solutions.
Of those affected by male pattern baldness or other forms of hair loss, it is estimated that roughly only 7% seek professional treatment for their situation. For a condition that is so prevalent, it is surprising to know that so few reach out for proper diagnosis and treatment when there are so many viable solutions out there.
Why Don’t More Men Seek Professional Help for their Hair Loss?
Though most men don’t like to admit it, hair loss is a major concern for them. Unfortunately, societal stereotypes about “going bald” have left many sufferers feeling embarrassed or ashamed about their predicament, often forcing them to stay in the dark about a state that has many solutions.
An “I’m unlucky” mentality may develop and cause many to give up hope when, in reality, there are many viable, helpful treatments out there. For these reasons, it is extremely important for men to make themselves aware of the facts behind male pattern baldness or other forms of hair loss, as they may be able to save themselves years of physical and emotional pain.
If you’re currently dealing with hair loss, don’t give up – there’s hope!
What Exactly Is Male Pattern Baldness?
The basic medical term for male pattern baldness is androgenetic alopecia. In general, it starts with a receding hairline, followed by the thinning of hair around and on your crown and temples. A common cause for this is a genetically inherited sensitivity to the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). That is, those who have male pattern baldness in their genes have inherited sensitive follicles that begin to shrink with the effects of the natural Dihydrotestosterone hormone, and eventually these follicles begin to produce hairs that are thinner, with a shorter life span.
This continues to the point where the follicles can no longer produce the normally thick and healthy hair that they used to.
Unfortunately, many men’s resistance to Dihydrotestosterone is genetic, so proper testing and knowledge of your family’s medical history will aid you in your search for answers about your balding.
Is There Anything That You Can Do about DHT?
Yes, there is. But it is important to understand the hormone in detail first. Specifically, the American Hair Loss Association for Men describes DHT as:
“… a derivative or by-product of testosterone. Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha-reductace, which is held in the hair follicle’s oil glands. While the entire genetic process of male pattern baldness is not completely understood, scientists do know that DHT shrinks hair follicles, and that when DHT is suppressed, hair follicles continue to thrive.
Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT must be exposed to the hormone for a prolonged period of time in order for the affected follicle to complete the miniaturization