Why Alopecia Affects Men More Than Women

Androgenetic Alopecia

What is Alopecia?

Both men and women can experience hair loss – the most common type of hair loss being androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia, also called male or female pattern baldness is much different from just hair shedding or telogen effluvium. While both sexes experience this type of hair loss, it’s interesting to note that men suffer from Androgenetic Alopecia more frequently than women.

According to another health news website, Medical Daily, 70 percent men and 40 percent women experience Androgenetic Alopecia in their lifetime. It is often found a person who suffers from this medical condition has one or more members of their immediate or extended families suffering from permanent baldness. This is because this is a genetically inherited condition as it “clusters in families”, per the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a scientific explanation behind men suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia more frequently than women. Variations are found in the AR gene that increases the activity of androgen receptors in the hair follicles. These hyper active receptors then interact with androgens like dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a byproduct of testosterone.

The DHT then becomes responsible for causing hair follicles to shrink, making it next to impossible for the scalp to retain healthy hair. And since men produce more DHT in their bodies than women, more cases of Androgenetic Alopecia are seen in the former.

Because all of our hormones are raging during puberty, androgenetic alopecia can begin as early as a person’s teens, and risk increases with age. By age 35, approximately two-thirds of men will have lost at least a little hair, and by 50, about 85 percent have said goodbye or experienced hair thinning, according to the American Hair Loss Association. In women, the condition can also develop early but usually occurs after menopause — this effect isn’t caused by higher testosterone levels, but rather a sharp drop in other hormone levels. And while men typically lose their hair in a defined pattern — think a widow’s peak and a bald crown — women lose hair and experience thinning all over, although they never fully go bald.

 

Read: How common is female hair loss?

 

Though it may seem like there’s no stopping hair loss — because there really isn’t — there are ways to prevent it or slow it down.

Avoid inflaming the hair follicles

 While braids, tight ponytails, and other hairstyles that pull the hair tight may look good, they can irritate the scalp and scar the hair follicles. This ultimately kills healthy, growing hair. In people predisposed to androgenetic alopecia, these types of hairstyles are especially risky. Incorrectly applying chemicals to the hair, such as dyes, bleaches, and straighteners can also cause damage.

Avoid false-claiming medications and products

 You’ve probably heard of Rogaine (minoxidil) before. While some people believe it works to aid all types of hair loss; the drug is limited in the types of hair loss it can treat. Learn more on why Rogaine cannot claim to treat frontal hair loss.

We understand that hair restoration is important, but so is your health and safety. HairMedica offers a complete Three-Step take home kit for both men and women. It’s safe, simple to use, and clinically proven to reverse the balding process. To learn more click here or visit hairmedica.com

Change your diet

Hair needs proper nutrition to grow healthy — you are what you eat after all. Make sure there’s a good amount of iron, zinc, vitamin D, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and biotin in your diet. Also skip out on the fatty fried foods and desserts; oil from the fried food might turn testosterone into DHT faster through heightened oil-gland activity, while the sugar from desserts increases insulin levels, triggering the release of testosterone.