Men Hair Loss Causes
What causes hair loss in men? Men lose their hair in 3 major ways and causes:
They are Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL) also known as Androgenetic Alopecia caused by aging, Telogen Effluvium caused by stress, Short Hair Growing Phase caused by heredity.
Male Hormone causes MPHL:
Male pattern hair loss usually happens after puberty starts between age 20 and 30. The 5-alpha-reductase which is an enzyme produced in the prostate, adrenal glands and scalp that metabolizes the male hormone testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). The DHT (dihydrotestosterone) also known as a specific type of male hormone gradually shrinks the sensitive hair follicles. As a result, the affected follicles stop producing healthy strands of hair and eventually lead to hair loss. Men with androgenic alopecia typically have higher levels of 5-alpha-reductase. MPHL is usually permanent and the hair loss advances at different speeds for different people.
For example, if someone loses 5% hair per year and it may take up to 20 years to experience the stages from 1 to 7, or if someone loses 20% per year, so it may take 5 years experience the seven stages.
Stress causes Telogen Effluvium:
Stress can play a very big role when it comes to hair loss in modern life. In response to a stressor, neurons with cell bodies in the paraventricular nuclei (PVN) of the hypothalamus secrete corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and arginine-vasopressin (AVP) into the hypophyseal portal system. It means the body creates chemicals to handle stress and make as much as 70 percent of your hair can prematurely enter the resting phase or called the Telogen Phase.
Short Growing Phase caused by Heredity:
Researchers have found there is a strong genetic link even the recessive gene can cause a Hereditary hair loss which characterized by a progressive miniaturization of hair follicles and it is gradual. As the growth phase shortens, the hair doesn't have enough time to regrow long and healthy before it turns into resting phase.
Also, men may suffer hair loss from unhealthy lifestyle, nutritional deficiencies, diseases, side effects from medicine and therapy as well as improper hair treatments.
Unhealthy lifestyle may cause hair loss:
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important. Your body may not operate at it optimum level if you have a busy stressful job, poor sleep hygiene, less quality recreational time, not enough exercises and improper eating habits such as unbalanced food intake and poor diet may lead to hair loss.
Hair loss due to nutritional deficiencies:
Nutritional deficiencies can be the result of unbalanced diet or strictly diet: During the growth phase of hair, the body feeds hair follicle with nutrition and oxygen through blood flow to grow hair. Unbalanced diet intake may cause body lack of minerals, vitamins and proteins, this certain condition may lead to various systems in the body cannot function properly and eventually fail to promote healthy hair growth. The hair may turn dry and brittle and appears to grow slowly during the growth phase in the giving time resulted. Please check hair growth and cycle find more information.
Hair loss can be caused by diseases, disorders and conditions including:
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
- Ringworm of the scalp (fungal infection)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (disorder in which the body attacks its own healthy cells and tissues)
Some medications and medical treatments can cause hair loss including:
- Anabolic steroids (muscle-building steroids)
- Blood thinners
Improper hair treatments may cause hair loss:
Repeated tugging of hair into ponytails, vigorous combing etc. can cause hair to break off the scalp line. Improper hair cosmetic use, since most hair styling products and creams contain harsh chemicals, which can be irritating and damaging to the hair and scalp.
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