Understanding Male Pattern Baldness

By Evelyn Myers

Pattern baldness is a common form of hair loss in both females and males. In males this condition is called male-pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness sometimes begins right above the temples. The hair will also thin around the crown area. In many cases male pattern baldness will lead directly to partial or complete hair-loss.

Male pattern baldness has been connected with a variety of medical problems, such as enlarged prostate, coronary heart disease, and hypertension.

Male pattern baldness has an effect on an approximate 35 million men across the USA. Believe it or disbelieve it male pattern baldness can start as early as the teen years. The symptoms are much more likely to increase as a man ages.

There are a spread of genetic and environmental elements likely play a part in causing male pattern baldness. Analysts are currently studying the risk factors that can contribute to this condition, as of the time of this writing most of the factors still remain unknown.

Although I've made every effort not to be to technical it cannot be evaded. So , prepare yourself, here it comes. Researchers have decided that this sort of hair loss is related to hormones called androgens, particularly an androgen called dihydrotestosterone. Androgens also has other important functions like regulating hair growth and sex drive.

The Phases of Hair Growth

hair growth begins under the skin in structures called follicles. Each strand of hair usually grows for 2 to 6 years, goes into a resting phase for a few months, and then falls out. The cycle starts over when the follicle starts growing a new hair. Heightened amounts of androgens in hair follicles can cause a shorter cycle of hair growth and the growth of shorter and thinner shafts of hair. Additionally, there is a delay in the expansion of new hair to replace strands that are shed.

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