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Health Issues Concerning Women’s Thinning Hair

It is undoubtedly one of the most significant features in a woman’s body…her hair. Vanity aside, in a males point of view, a woman’s hair is indeed the essence of her femininity. Much is written about the beauty in a woman’s hair that it traverses the boundary of fiction and truth. No wonder that women spend almost half of the time making sure that their precious tresses live up to their famed expectations. It is so obvious that a woman values the way that her hair looks, just as important as how other people would react to it.

Unfortunately, there is the stark reality of hair thinning and hair loss that most women find unacceptable to contradict. Since hair loss is predominantly exclusive to males, it is also, in rare cases, a problem to some women as well. Hair thinning and hair loss in women is caused by hereditary genetics like that in males, but, unlike male pattern baldness, women’s thinning hair loss is more of a chromosome paternal origin rather than hereditary. This means that a woman who has evident manifestation of hair loss has more male chromosomes than female chromosomes.

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Chromosomes are different from hereditary genetics, as a majority of people would put one and one as the same. Genetics is more of a carbon copy of gender and physiology while chromosomes are more reared as gender derivatives, meaning, a woman would have more male chromosomes than female chromosomes. A simple example to justify a point is some women have more male chromosomes than other women which would explain why some women have more facial hair than others.

Another simple explanation might deviate from the subject at hand, but would clearly explain a simple point nonetheless. At the time of our conception, human beings have both male and female chromosomes that are called chromosome “X”and “Y”. Since the female specie is the most predominant of all human species, for reasons of propagation. This unique biological state in which human existence permeates, is the reason why there are more females than males (10 females as to 1 male).

For women that have inherited a majority of male chromosomes, this is a reason in why they suffer such conditions. Secondary causes would that be of genetics, such as pregnancy, menopause and chemical imbalance. Stress however is not a predominant cause of women’s hair loss and thinning unlike that of men. However, dietary deficiency does hold a big part in the cause of hair thinning and hair loss for women. Clinical studies have determined that on the onset of menopause and andropause, for both men and women alike, each manifest a common condition that marks the end of the hormonal function of the pituitary glands.

The pituitary gland regulate the proper function of the hormones which control such bodily functions such as the reproductive organs, the libido and hair growth. It was clinically proven, that men who undergo the andropause cycle, lead to the decrease of testosterone levels, experience the cessation of bodily hair growth, not to mention, hair growth in the head. Which explains the case of hair loss directly proportional to aging. In the case of women that undergo menopause, the reduction of progesterones lead to the accelerated growth of facial hairs.

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Genetics would be one uncontrollable cause of hair loss in women, given the fact that it is a natural state. However, there is also the reason of dietary deficiency to consider. About a hundred years ago, women’s hair loss was an unheard issue. It was only in the last 60 years or so that the issue was first looked upon. Environmental and dietary reasons are some of the few evident causes for this reason, not to mention a rapidly changing way of living. Nowadays, even food has undergone a radical way of production that you can not help but wonder if we are really getting the needed sustenance that our body direly needs.

Synthetic chemicals could also be one of the major reasons why most women suffer hair thinning and hair loss. Environmental pollutants can also be pointed out among the various reasons besides chemical inorganic substances that are used to manufacture our products. This explains the resurgence of natural organic health supplements that aide to counter act the deteriorating effect of inorganic chemicals that we use on a daily basis.

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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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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.