Do you see less and less hair when you look in the mirror?
The media is full of stories of celebrities who have turned to expensive treatments to try and regain a full head of hair.
As part of Men’s Health Month, this article will look at why male hair loss happens and what can be done to prevent male hair loss. So if your receding hairline concerns you, read on to discover how to naturally preserve a healthy head of hair.
Everyone loses around a hundred hairs every day, but if hairs are shed faster than they grow back, then your hair will start to appear thinner than normal.
Each of your hairs grows from a tiny follicle. Sometimes, hair loss is connected with the body’s immune system attacking the hair follicles. This condition is known as alopecia areata. Hair tends to be lost in patches, both on the head and elsewhere on the body. Certain medications, health conditions such as low thyroid function or anaemia and periods of intense stress can cause hair loss too.
In this article, though, we’ll concentrate on hormone-related hair loss, called androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. This mostly affects men, although women can be affected, too.
The main male hormone is testosterone. When testosterone become unbalanced, hair tends to be lost from the front of the hairline at either side and from the crown, with these areas eventually joining together. It usually becomes more pronounced with age, and it’s responsible for around 95% of hair loss in men. There’s a strong genetic tendency towards this type of hair loss. It affects half of all men aged over 50 but can appear at a much younger age.
Hair and testosterone have a complicated relationship. Although it’s often thought high levels of testosterone can cause baldness, what is most important is the form the testosterone is in. A type of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT is connected with male pattern baldness.
High levels of this hormone can shorten the hair cycle, making it fall out quicker than it regrows, and may make hair follicles smaller, so individual hairs will be thinner. Eventually, the follicles die off completely.
Hair follicles at the crown and hairline seem to be more sensitive to DHT in some genetically predisposed men.
Drugs are available to reduce the amount of DHT, but these come with side effects, so let’s discover what nature has to offer to help preserve your hair.
Hair needs good nutrition like any other part of your body.
Even if there are already fewer hairs on your head, making sure they’re healthy and growing well will help your hair to appear thicker.
Because the health of your hair is connected with the overall health of your body, looking at the reasons why you’re losing your hair is crucial to formulate a strategy to prevent it from happening, and to preserve the locks you have.
If you would like one-to-one support for your hair health, a functional medicine consultation will examine your diet, nutrient status and lifestyle. Functional tests can reveal whether unbalanced hormones are contributing to your hair loss. Contact Embracing Nutrition today to start your journey to healthier hair.
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