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Why do Men Lose Their Hair?

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by hairrestoration

Most people spend time thinking about their hair, but nobody spends more time thinking about it than those who are experiencing hair loss.  Some people think that the only reason men lose their hair is because of genetics, but there are actually a great number of reasons why they can suffer from this affliction.  If you are suffering from hair loss, it is important to know what is causing it so you will better understand how it can be treated.

Certain autoimmune diseases can cause hair loss.  When your immune system attacks your hair follicles or other important tissues for hair growth, it can cause a few different kinds of hair loss.  A permanent type of hair loss that can occur is called cicatricial alopecia and telogen effluvium is hair loss that occurs when the growth cycle of your hair is disrupted.   There are treatment options for this type of hair loss and often, steroid injections will be recommended.  Rogaine may also be an option, but you should first consult with your hair loss physician.

The thyroid can play a part in hair loss for some men and the thyroid is a small gland that sits right under your voice box.  It helps to regulate your metabolism by releasing different hormones.  Hypothyroidism is when there are is an underproduction of certain hormones and this can cause a man to experience patchy hair loss that is called alopecia areata.  Hypothyroidism can be caused by an autoimmune disease, birth abnormality or a surgery that involves removing the thyroid.

There are certain nutrient deficiencies that can contribute to hair loss and this can be the result of a dramatic weight loss, crash dieting, malnutrition or some genetic or biological defect.  The nutrient that most commonly contributes to hair loss is iron and people who are low in iron can have iron-deficiency anemia, which is a condition when your body does not have enough red blood cells.  Hair loss can also come from not having enough protein in your diet or not having enough vitamin B.  Changes in your diet may help this type of hair loss or a supplement may be recommended.

Physical stress and emotional stress can hurt your body in many different ways and may cause you to experience some hair loss as well.  When you are experiencing severe stress, your body is usually sent into a state of shock and your body gets overloaded with different hormones and metabolites.  This can cause telogen effluvium, which is the type of shedding that can also come from an autoimmune disease.  Most people’s hair growth will resume once the stress has been alleviated.

The type of hair loss that is most common and will not get better on its own is male pattern baldness (also referred to as androgenetic alopecia).  This is a progressive condition in which over time the hair follicles start to shrink.  Those suffering from male pattern baldness may want to consult a hair loss physician in order to determine what their hair loss solutions are.  The options for treatment will depend on how severe the hair loss is and what stage of hair loss you are at.

For more details about our hair loss solutions, all you need to do is reach out to the Chicago ARTAS Hair Restoration Specialist and schedule a free consultation!  Please call us 312 806 2203.