Androgenic alopecia, or male-pattern baldness, is responsible for the vast majority of hair loss in men. The condition is characterised by a typical pattern of receding hairline at the temples and hair thinning at the crown. It can even progress to partial or complete baldness in some cases.
While there are many possible reasons why people lose their hair, including medical disorders, side effects of certain medications and in some rare, extremely stressful events, most hair loss in men can largely be blamed on the heredity factor. This disorder, too, as the name androgenic alopecia suggests, has genetic ‘roots’ in 80% individuals.
What male-pattern baldness sufferers actually inherit are hair follicles with a genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone. Hair follicles that are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone begin to miniaturise, shortening the lifespan of each hair follicle affected, thus causing hair loss.
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