What are the causes of hair loss in men?
Hair loss, particularly for men, is a widespread condition. In fact, 40% of men will experience noticeable hair loss by the age of 35.
Vitamin deficiency is one cause of hair loss in men that is attributed to an imbalanced diet.
- Hair loss is often caused by a protein deficiency. Protein powers cellular growth and this includes hair cells.
- Low iron levels, such as in the case of “anaemia” may cause hair loss. Iron assists in the transport of oxygen to the scalp and hair follicle.
- Low Vitamin C causes dry, brittle hair and is necessary for the synthesis of collagen
- Low B Vitamins such as Folate, B6, B12 can cause hair loss in men as they are needed also for transporting oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles.
- Zinc is a mineral that is important for tissue growth and repair, thus having low levels of zinc slows down hair growth.
A poor diet, which doesn’t provide adequate nutrition, can often contribute to the deficiencies that cause hair loss. Often rectifying these underlying deficiencies can be enough to kick-start hair regrowth and help prevent further hair loss.
Androgenetic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, is another cause of hair loss in men. It is caused by prolonged exposure of hair follicles to the hormone DHT. Hair loss in men due to androgenetic alopecia is characterised by the hair follicles spending less time in the growing stage and more time in the resting stage. The follicles become smaller over time, producing smaller and shorter hair shafts, and eventually the follicles stop producing hair at all, resulting in areas of baldness. Sometimes women are affected by androgenetic alopecia but it is more commonly seen in men. It is hereditary and controlled by your genes so often hair loss can be slowed, but ultimately not prevented.
Chronic stress and anxiety can be attributed to Male Hair Loss
High levels of acute stress and anxiety can sometimes wreak havoc on your hairline. Physical stress, such as undergoing surgery, or mental stress, like the death of a close friend or family member, can send the body into a state of shock, resulting in stress-related hair loss. Men are just as susceptible to the effects of extreme stress and anxiety as women.
Cause of Hair Loss in Men: Drugs and /or Medical Treatments
Some treatments for serious illnesses and diseases, such as chemotherapy, will cause hair loss, in both men and women. However, many drugs and medications used to treat illnesses such as epilepsy and thyroid disease or hormonal therapies, like birth control, can also lead to hair loss.
In short, some causes of hair loss in men can be prevented or remedied, while others cannot. However, in cases like androgenetic alopecia, the rate of hair loss can be slowed.If you are interested in preventing hair loss, using natural regrowth shampoos or products, or clinical hair regrowth treatments, the best approach is to talk with a professional who can give you the best advice on how to prevent or treat hair loss in men.