Androgenetic alopecia is a medical term for male pattern hair loss, which is the most common type of hair loss among men. Hair loss affect over half of men over 50 and hormones appear to play a large role in this, especially the male sex hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
DHT is the hormone that helps to give men their characteristics. These characteristics include a deeper voice, body hair, and an increase in muscle mass. It is thought to cause hair follicles to reduce in thickness, and this can cause male pattern hair loss. Medication is available either through prescription or over the counter that blocks the DHT and can help prevent hair loss.
DHT plays many roles in the human body. Apart from hair production, it is closely linked to sufferers of an enlarged prostate, and also prostate cancer. DHT is a sex steroid, meaning it is produced in the scrotum.
During a babies development in the womb. DHT plays a vital role in the development of the penis and prostate gland. In males, the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase changes testosterone into DHT in the testicles and the prostate.
DHT is more overpowering than testosterone. Once it attaches itself to the same sites that testosterone does in the body, it remains bound for longer. It also does this more easily.
Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men. Receding hair around the temples and crown eventually getting thinner until it goes altogether. The exact reason why this happens is not fully understood, but genes, hormones, and environmental factors are all thought to play a part. Male pattern hair loss happens when the follicles slowly become miniaturised.
Hair loss, hair thinning and problems with hair growth occur when your growth cycle is disrupted. This can be triggered by conditions such as metabolic imbalances, illness or improper nutrition.
Hair grows at around a half of an inch in a month, and even more in the summer. The growth phase, or anagen phase can last on average around 3-5 years. This phase is normally longer for Asians.
At the end of the growth phase, your hair enters the transition phase. A short phase that lasts approximately 10 days.
The final phase is the resting phase. This is unfortunately when your hair is released and falls out. The follicle then remains inactive for around 3 months and the whole process is repeated. Each hair follicle is independent and goes through the growth cycle at different times, otherwise all your hair would fall out at once. Instead, you only shed a certain number of hairs a day and some of the follicles die off and hair does not return.
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