Primary causes of hair loss in men - Alpha Male Nation
The pattern baldness in man has affected a wide number of men across the world. Some of them tend to get bald over the age of 50. However, most of them get the same at some stages of life.
You may be surprised to know that you may lose approximately 100 to 100,000 strands of hair on a daily basis. Almost 90 percent of the hair on head grows at a specific point in time. The hair growing in the growth phase lasts for six years. On the other hand, the remaining ten percent is in the resting phase which lasts for a few months.
The hair sheds after the resting phase is over. After that, a new hair will grow from the similar follicle for replacing lost hair which in turn renews the growing cycle. Though the growth of hair is half an inch in a month, the rate tends to reduce with aging.
What is male pattern baldness?
Male pattern baldness counts to be one of the most common kinds of hair loss which develops in men after the specific stage. The condition is known to be as androgenetic alopecia. It takes almost 15-25 years for going bald.
In some cases, men may go bald in less than five years. Baldness occurs when specific factors cause an interruption in the natural process of hair loss as well as hair replacement. These factors prevent the growth of new hair and replacement of hair that has already shed.
Factors causing hair loss in men
Hair loss is recognized to be the most common symptoms of aging among men. A lot of men tend to go bald by the age of thirty. Two third of men tend to go bald or go bald by the age of sixty. There are a number of factors that are responsible for causing hair loss in men. Some of these factors include stress, side effects of drug, nutritional deficiency, genetics.
More than 95 percent of hair loss occurs in men owing to androgenetic alopecia. It also came to be known as male pattern baldness. Men that undergo male pattern baldness possess a receding hairline.
They witness thinning of hair around the crown which culminates in a bald spot. Many of them end with a ring of hair around the back and sides of heads.
Male pattern baldness happens to be a genetic condition. A man generally inherits the condition from the father or mother’s side of the family. However, the presence of testosterone, the male hormone is a primary cause of male pattern baldness.
Genetics are responsible for the hair follicles for becoming sensitive to DHT or dihydrotestosterone which is a by-product of testosterone. The follicles start becoming smaller and their life span becomes less. They eventually leave the fuzz behind and fall out together.
- Telogen effluvium
The resting phase of the cycle of the hair growth came to be known as telogen. The telogen effluvium occurs when a shock to the hair causes the roots to be pushed into the resting stage prematurely.
Almost 70percent of the scalp hair fall in large numbers after two months after the event. Hair falling due to Telogen effluvium recovery within few months and the hair starts growing back. The primary cause of hair loss through telogen effluvium is:
- A serious illness that involves a severe infection or high fever.
- The major diseases may be another cause of hair loss.
- Chronic illness such as thyroid disease is also responsible for the loss of hair.
- Medications for gout, anticoagulants, chemotherapy drugs for cancer also lead to loss of hair.
- Inadequate levels of iron in the blood.
- The inadequacy of protein in the diet.
- An excessive amount of vitamin A in the diet.
- Alopecia areata
It is another rare type of hair loss which came to be known as an autoimmune disorder. In his type of hair loss, the antibodies happen to attack the hair follicles. Men can find round and smooth patches of exposed scalp.
The patches are of the size of a coin. In specific cases, the patches advance to the scalp and loss of body hair. Alopecia areata happens to be cyclical which indicate that hair can grow or shed off at any time.
- Cicatricial alopecia
The cause of this hair loss disorder is not known. The loss of hair which is involved in cicatricial alopecia causes owing to inflammation around the hair follicle. The person affected may feel pain or itching. There are higher chances of permanent loss of hair in the affected areas.
- Physical stress
Physical stress, surgery, severe illness, car accident, flu may lead to loss of hair temporarily. During stress, the event may shock the cycle of hair growth which pushes the hair in the shedding phase. The loss of hair can be noticed three to six months after the event.
A number of people suffer the loss of hair from anemia due to deficiency of iron.
- Deficiency of vitamin B
Inadequate levels of vitamin B are known to be the cause of loss of hair as well.
- Tight Braids
Though it is more common in women, men may also suffer hair loss owing to tight braids. Tying ponytail or pulling it back may be responsible for hair loss. The pulling of hair leads to loss of hair gradually. The loss of hair can be mostly seen at the hairline.
Trichotillomania is known to be the habit of pulling or plucking of hair from the head. This habit may also lead to baldness. The bald spot gradually develops over a specific period of time. Once the habit stops, the hair may start regrowing again. However, long term and excessive Trichotillomania may lead to permanent hair loss in the affected areas.
- Autoimmune diseases
Autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, diabetes are responsible for the destroying the immune system of the body. As the immune system of the body attacks the hair follicles or other tissues and cells, it results in different kinds of hair loss.