If you are suffering from hair loss or baldness, then you are not alone. About 50% of men above 40 years old suffering from hair loss problems – and the current work 24 x 7 work routine and stress levels often accelerate hair loss.
The primary cause for hair loss in men and women is the Genetic Alopecia and the secondary causes are grouped as Telogen Effluvium.
The male pattern balding is mostly genetic and can be inherited from either the mother or father. Balding is triggered when the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) molecules chemically bond with special receptor sites on hair follicle cells. This causes the hair follicle to weaken (miniaturize) and eventually to fall.
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What Causes Hair Loss In Men And Women?
No matter if it is male/female-pattern baldness or total baldness, called alopecia, most people will have some type of hair loss at one point or another in their lives. The causes are varied and can depend on many factors. Here are some of the more common factors so you can identify what may be causing your hair loss.
Common Secondary Causes (grouped as Telogen Effluvium)
Hair loss can occur from many secondary causes that most people don’t even think of. The most common is stress. Stress from work, a crash diet and illness also play a role.
Taking a new medication, such as high blood pressure drugs, birth control pills, antidepressants, and blood thinners, may make your hair fall out as well, so if it is three months after you started taking these pills (it will take you 3 months to notice a major change) and your hair is falling out, you may want to call your doctor. Hair loss can be caused by hormone changes such as low thyroid function.
A poor diet lacking in proteins and iron can be a problem and usually is the result of silly crash dieting or the latest fad diet. Anorexia and bulimia, two eating disorders can also be counted among the causes of hair loss, as can unexpected illnesses like the flu or even high fever. Surgery and medical treatments like chemotherapy play a part in hair loss but luckily some of that lost hair grows back eventually.
Two more secondary causes of hair loss include the brand of hair care products and chemicals you use in your hair or a scalp condition like ringworm. These two particular causes of hair loss are totally treatable and often reversible.
Hair Loss Causes In Men
Men generally lose their hair due to genetics and heredity or the causes above. It starts with thinning in the hairline or the crown and progresses over time. Following are some of the most common causes of hair loss.
Heredity is the underlying root of Androgenetic Alopecia and it occurs primarily in men, but some women have been known to get it too. Research your genetic history and you will likely find a few family members who have gone bald. Please note that the age at which you start to lose hair as well as how fast and even the pattern of loss is all linked to heredity.
Graded as an autoimmune disease, Alopecia Areata does not have any particular underlying cause to attribute to your hair loss and most people that develop it are in good health. Among the causes of hair loss, Alopecia Areata is the most puzzling and doctors believe that genetics do play a part. Like with mononucleosis and other illnesses, perhaps all this disease needs is a trigger like a viral infection.