Hair loss can be attributed to a number of different variables such as genetics, sudden hormonal changes, specific medical conditions, or the types of medications which you either are currently or have recently taken. While both genders are subject to hair loss, it is significantly more common in men.
When people think about “baldness” or “losing hair” it’s safe to assume that most will immediately think of hair loss occurring on top of the head as it’s the most common and, unfortunately, the most visible. Before thinking about taking any action to correct a problem it’s often wise to have a fundamental understanding of what is causing the problem in the first place. Again, each person has different genetics and external environments. Person A may be losing their hair simply because of genetics but person B may be on medication causing hair to fall out. Every person should go through a consultation with their doctor to assess and hopefully identify the cause(s).
Below are common causes of baldness in men.
Genetics, family history, or DNA: This is the most common reason for hair loss. In this case, a person has done nothing to contribute to the baldness; rather, it lies within their DNA that they are destined to lose their hair. There is no set age at which a man may notice their hairline starting to recede or thin out. Baldness can start occurring in some cases as early as late teens. Again, each person’s body is different and the timing and progression will both differ.
Hormonal Changes: In rare cases, in which women are impacted by baldness, it is most often attributed to hormonal changes which are brought on by pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause. Men, however, are also subject to hormonal changes which may cause baldness but it is usually limited to problems with their thyroid.
Medical Conditions: The most common medical condition associated with baldness is alopecia areata, which often affects more than just a person’s scalp. Scalp infections left untreated can also cause short-term or long-term problems which will impact hair growth.
Medications and Supplements: Each drug maker, brand, and medication is different and may impact people differently so identifying specific drugs by name is nearly impossible. However, it’s been verified that certain medications people take for the following issues commonly lead to hair loss: cancer, arthritis, depression, heart issues, gout, and high blood pressure. It is strongly recommended to research any drug you’re taking and speak to your physician before starting any medication or supplement if you are concerned about it causing hair loss.
Significant Stress: A person who has experienced an extremely stressful event such as a death in the family, job loss, divorce/breakup, or something similar is subject to a general thinning or loss of hair. In most cases, this is only temporary for a few months and the hair should return to normal as prior to the traumatic event. It’s still advisable to seek consultation to make sure that is the case.