Hair loss, known medically as alopecia, is a common occurrence in men, especially with advancing age. Here are five important facts about hair loss in men, some of which may prove surprising.
Hair loss is not a result of a gene passed on from the maternal grandfather
This is a widely-held belief that does not necessarily have scientific weight. In truth, an individual can inherit the tendency toward baldness from either parent. There has been research to suggest that the mother’s side may have a slightly greater impact on the baldness trait than the father’s, but not nearly to the extent that many people may believe.
Early hair loss results in more severe baldness
According to the Ohio State University Medical Center, untreated hair loss will generally prove continual, so those who begin balding earlier will see greater loss than those who begin to lose their hair later in life. A good indicator of whether an individual is likely to begin balding early is the age at which other family members began balding (assuming a family history of baldness exists).
Two out of three men suffer from hair loss by the age of 60
For that 66%, the leading cause of baldness is heredity. Despite this, it’s estimated that men only account for 60% of individuals with hair loss; women–especially those who are post-menopausal–actually make up 40% of individuals with alopecia.
Hair loss has been associated with heart disease
In an 11-year study, The Archives of Internal Medicine studied approximately 22,000 men to determine retrospectively that those with completely bald crowns had a 36% higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who were not balding. In addition, men with high cholesterol were at nearly three times the risk of coronary heart disease.
Hereditary hair loss can be treated
Hair loss that occurs as a result of heredity is known as non-scarring, which means that while the hair shaft gone, the follicle is still present. This allows for directly prescribed medications or over-the-counter treatments (such as Rogaine) to be applied for potential hair regrowth. Another option for those men with healthy hair on the sides and back of the head includes hair transplant procedures.
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