Hair Loss in Men
One of the perpetual questions regarding inter-gender health is
this: why are there more males suffering from hair loss compared to
women who are similarly situated? Surely, the main causes of hair
loss are factors that both genders could experience. Stress, for
example, chooses no sex. Both males and females are susceptible to
tension, hence, compelling the hair follicles to hibernate into a
resting phase called Telogen Effluvium.
Both genders are also exposed to hereditary circumstances that could
contribute to hair loss. Telogen Effluvium could stimulate latent
genes that would trigger Alopecia. Genes are carried by people,
regardless of their sex, yet hair loss in men is still more
Both genders likewise suffer some health problems. A variety of
health problems, of course, can also cause the death of hair
follicles. This is especially true for ailments or diseases that
damage the blood vessel linings. Blood vessels produce
endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF) which the hair needs to
relax. Minus this component, the hair would be subjected to so much
stress that its follicles would eventually die. Heart ailments and
diabetes are two of the most infamous diseases that deteriorate the
blood vessel linings.
So, with everything being equal, how come there are more cases of
hair loss in men? The difference between the occurrences of Alopecia
among men and women is so great that one would immediately think
that hair loss is restricted to males.
Well, the culprit for this is the make hormone called
dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is said to be ten times more powerful
than testosterone. As a result, too much DST in a man's system can
cause an imbalance that would result in hair loss, which may be as
rapid or as gradual as the amount of DHT in one's body.
DHT level can be offset via prescribed medication. Propecia, the
first ever hair loss pill approved by the Food and Drug Authority
(FDA) is perhaps the most popular medication against hair loss in
men. Propecia balances the DHT in one's system with Finasteride.
Though it is true that hair loss in men is a more common occurrence,
this doesn't mean that baldness is a fate that we should just
accept. There are many cures for hair loss. But to pursue these
cures, an understanding about why Alopecia occurs should be
attained. Then and only then can we effectively combat hair loss and
enjoy the aesthetic and personal benefits of a healthy crown.