What causes male hair loss and what is the average age that it begins???
Androgenetic alopecia or common male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. By age of thirty-five, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of hair loss, and by age of fifty approximately 85% of men will have significantly thinning hair. Approximately 25% of men who suffer from MPB begin the painful process before they reach the age of twenty-one. MPB is characterized with the onset of a receding hairline and thinning crown. This eventually progresses into a more apparent baldness throughout the entire top of the scalp, leaving only a rim or “horseshoe pattern” of hair remaining.
While there are many possible reasons men lose their hair, including serious disease, most hair loss in men can be blamed on heredity. MPB sufferers are actually inheriting hair follicles with a genetic sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Hair follicles that are sensitive to DHT begin to miniaturize, shortening the lifespan of each hair follicle affected. Eventually, these affected follicles stop producing cosmetically acceptable hair. Today, with proper intervention, this process can be slowed or even stopped if caught early enough.
Contrary to societal belief, most men who suffer from MPB are extremely unhappy with their situation. Hair Professionals recognizes how devastating MPB can be for men of all ages, and has created resources for men to get objective answers to their questions.
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