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What Causes Thinning Hair In Men?

The nightmare scenario for many men is the onset of hair loss.  The well-follicled among us may scoff at the banality of stressing over the shedding of a few strands of hair, but hair loss is a real problem for people who are experiencing it.

If we think about it, much of our self-image is tied up in the way that we look, and for many of us, hair is an important part of our appearance.   There’s no shortage of bald jokes (I’ve never understood the humor in them) even though a large segment of the population has had to deal with losing their hair – both men and women!

Some Numbers on Hair Loss

Statistics place the number of affected Americans at 56 million (35 million men and 21 million women), with 40% of men experiencing some sort of hair loss by the age of 35.

  • Male pattern baldness can begin before turning 21
  • Men can lose 50% of their hair before it gets noticed
  • Normal average daily hair loss is 100 hairs per day, so persons experiencing appearance changing hair loss lose their hair at a much higher rate
  • 30% of women experience some degree of hair thinning in their lifetime

Causes of Hair Loss

Hereditary factors are the most common causes of hair loss.  This is what is known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness for women.  Hormonal changes due to pregnancy and menopause can also cause hair loss, although these losses are temporary.

Medical conditions can result is hair loss.  People who have experienced problems with their thyroid, scalp infections, and other skin disorders can experience hair loss as a consequence.

Certain medications have side effects that contribute to hair loss.  These include: prescribed cancer treatments, high blood pressure medications, and medications that address heart problems, arthritis, and depression.

Our emotions and our behaviors can also result in hair loss.  A 2011 study revealed that the stress of divorce, heavy drinking, smoking, and exposure to the sun are all linked to hair loss.  These factors were found to contribute more to hair loss in women, as many men in the study experienced their hair loss due to male pattern baldness.

Bad nutrition is often linked to temporary hair loss, so taking a holistic approach to the problem that promotes general good health can yield positive results.

Remedies to Hair Loss

When there’s a big problem or concern, there are many people who work tirelessly to find a solution, and then there are the hucksters.  In this case, they tout home remedies for hair restoration that many medical professionals dismiss as being ineffective and expensive.  Some “natural” products may be effective in prolonging the stay of hair that you have, but they won’t help new hair grow.

Promoting positive lifestyle choices is another type of “natural” attempt to stem hair loss.  Incorporating these choices into your everyday life will have a better effect than any home remedy product.  These lifestyle choices include: better nutrition, efforts to reduce stress, seeking medical advice and checking for vitamin deficiencies in your diet, and ensuring that your shampoo is not overly abrasive.  These choices could help to sustain the hair that you have and help you to lose hair at a slower rate.

Non-surgical hair restoration medication can be effective.  There are many brands available, but the top three medications make up 56% of hair restoration remedies that are prescribed: Propecia, Rogain Foam, and Minoxidil.

The last resort for some is hair restoration surgery.  Statistics from 2010 show that over 100,000 people chose this option in the United States and nearly 280,000 people worldwide underwent this surgery.

 

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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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