How Common is Male Pattern Baldness in Australia?
Surprisingly, male pattern baldness, also known as male pattern hair loss, is actually very common. It’s estimated that up to 70% of Australian men will be affected by hair loss or baldness in their lifetime and it turns out that the most common cause of that hair loss is actually male pattern baldness.
Also known as androgenetic alopecia, you may be astonished to learn that this type of hair loss can also affect women. In women, it results in thinning hair, but not the same degree of hair loss as with men. It is not nearly as common in women as it is in men, although it can affect up to as many as 40% of women in their lifetime.
When men are affected by androgenetic alopecia, it is normally referred to as ‘male pattern baldness’ or ‘male pattern hair loss’. As the name suggests, the hair loss takes place in a predictable and gradual pattern, beginning at the temples and moving backwards over time in a characteristic ‘m’ shape. As the hair loss progresses, a rim of hair at the rear of the head and around the sides remains. It is, however, actually quite rare for male pattern baldness to progress to the point of complete baldness.
Strangely enough, baldness is not a uniquely human trait; male pattern baldness has been seen in mice, chimpanzees, uakaris, stump-tailed macaques, as well as the Tsavo lion. So if you’ve discovered a thinning or receding hairline, you’re not alone!
DHT and Male Pattern Baldness
It’s believed that genetics play a large part in the underlying causes of male pattern baldness. Men who are experiencing hair loss due to male pattern baldness have hair follicles which are actually more sensitive to a hormone called DHT.
The role of DHT, an androgen hormone (or masculine hormone) in the body, is not solely limited to hair production. However, by the time of adulthood, it is the primary androgen in adult men, in the prostrate and hair follicles.
The hair follicles in men with male pattern baldness are more sensitive to the hormone DHT, which ends up disrupting the hair growth cycle, and eventually leads to baldness. This process, called miniaturisation, can however be slowed by hair loss treatments, which includes shampoo and other hair regrowth products.
Obviously, the bad news is that not much can be done to alter your genes. However, the good news is that male pattern baldness does respond well to natural treatments for hair regrowth, which may include dietary changes, hormone therapies and hair regrowth treatments including shampoos and foams.
Slow the Progression of Male Hair Loss
If started early, these hair loss treatments can often slow the progression of male hair loss and encourage the regrowth of hair.
Experiencing hair loss or early signs of male pattern baldness can be distressing for some men. For women, the stigma of hair loss can be right up there with the thought of losing a limb. However, with the best natural treatments available today, many men and women can halt or slow the loss of hair and enjoy many more years sporting a thick, healthy head of hair.