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How Hair Loss Occurs

The process of the hair becoming thin and falling out with time is referred to, in technical terms, as androgenic alopecia, or more commonly male pattern baldness. The hair loss occurs due to the hair follicles becoming increasingly susceptible to androgenic miniaturization. Being the most common form of hair loss 70% of men and 40% of women will experience the phenomenon within their lifetime.
The presence of male pattern baldness in man will generally manifest as a receding hairline at the temples and the balding of the vertex, while women normally find the hair atop the scalp becoming thinner with time. The factors playing into the condition can be both genetic and environmental in origin, though there are a variety of cases that have unknown etiologies.

 

Commonly, the onset of male pattern baldness occurs as a byproduct of advancing age. The androgens that accelerate the growth of facial hair have a negative relationship to the growth of hair on the scalp, which is referred to as the ‘androgen paradox’.

 

There are a variety of hormonal alterations occurring the body with the progression into an age past 50, including decreases in testosterone and an increase in SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin); fittingly then, a lifestyle that is rich in exercise can impact androgenic hair loss by affecting androgen and estrogen levels. In cross-sectional analyses, it has been shown that aerobic exercisers have a lower basal total and free testosterone compared to people who don’t actively engage in exercise on a regular basis.

 

There is a correlation between the frequency of exercise and the testosterone in those who are middle aged and elderly, which therefore show a direct influence in the onset of male pattern baldness. The results are not ubiquitous, as exceptions always arise, but they are significant enough to merit an examination of male pattern baldness as something that can be actively remedied as well as clinically.

 

Conventional medication directed at hair loss can slow down or reverse the process altogether, provided that the drugs are FDA approved such as minoxidil and finasteride. The advanced cases of male pattern baldness may show a higher level of resistance to conventional remedies than those that only have manifested for a short period of time, and so hair transplantation may be the preferred remedy at that point.

 

In any case, the field of research dedicated to understanding androgenic hair loss is very broad and produces very mixed results; future experimentation with remedies and explanations of male pattern baldness will no doubt continue to be an enduring hot topic of conventional medicine and therapy.

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Josh Matthews

My name is Josh Matthews and I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don't work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don't do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.

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I am 53 years old and live in Miami. I have two kids, one boy and one girl with my wife Linda. My son Jon is now 19 years old and in College. My daughter Jennifer is 14 and still in High-School. We also have a dog. When I don’t work in the marketing department of a health company, I like to spend time outdoors with my family and friends. I don’t do as much sport as I should but my family and me go on a skiing vacation at least once a year.

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