The answer will shock you:
In his memoir “Spare”, one of the most popular royal members in the world, Prince Harry called Prince William, his brother’s thinning hair “alarming” and “more advanced than his”, though William is only two years older, at 40.
Right. When it comes to hair loss in men, even the most celebrated, richest and powerful people like the Prince of Wales don’t have all the riches in the world to stop their hairline from receding or thinning naturally. Hair loss is basically written in his DNA. Androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, runs in William’s family. His father, Prince Charles is balding, his paternal grandfather, Prince Philip was bald, his maternal grandfather was bald. With such a hair genetic history, it is no surprise that William is walking the same path as them.
Male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss worldwide and is related to both genes and male hormones. It is also called male androgenetic alopecia because it is affected by the male sex hormones called androgens. This article explores six of the possible reasons why men lose hair and ways to help prevent and treat hair loss.
Early signs of balding and hair loss in men can appear in many different ways, depending on what’s causing it. Causes of hair loss in men include:
Hereditary hair loss in males is more common with increasing age. The condition accounts for 99% of hair loss in men and affects half the male population by the age of 50. Hair loss starts in men from about the age of 30 but can occur at any age past puberty. The primary “baldness gene” is the X chromosome, which is passed to men from their mothers, who can skip generations. 80% of men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who don’t, as can be seen in the case of Prince William who inherited his father’s hair genes. Male pattern baldness symptoms refers to receding men’s hairline that forms an ‘M’ shape, thinning of the hair or a bald spot at the top of your head.
Your genes affect how sensitive your scalp is to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone derived from testosterone that shrinks hair follicles. An unbalanced level of DHT can interrupt hair growth cycles. As a result, the hair goes into a longer rest period which makes the hair stop growing.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body’s immune system to mistakenly attack healthy hair follicles, which leads to patchy hair loss. Other autoimmune disorders linked to alopecia include lupus, a disease where the body’s immune system attacks itself.
If you’re feeling overly stressed due to work or your personal life, this stress can lead to mild hair thinning, or significant hair loss. Though not linked to male pattern baldness, stress can trigger temporary hair loss called telogen effluvium by interrupting the natural hair growth cycle.
Alopecia could also indicate nutrition deficiencies like low vitamin D, iron, zinc, or protein. Young men who have sudden weight loss, had a gastric bypass, or marked decreased protein intake or niacin deficiency can experience hair loss.
Drugs used to treat medical conditions such as depression, heart problems, high blood pressure, cancer and arthritis are also possible hair fall causes in male. Medication for hair loss won’t cause permanent hair loss but temporary hair loss.
While there isn’t anything you can do to change your genes, there are a few things you can do to try to slow or stop the hair loss.
Eating a balanced diet rich in protein, irons and vitamins, getting adequate sleep, managing stress through meditation or deep breathing exercises, and exercising regularly can help support your hair health.
Overly hot showers can cause damage to the scalp by stripping it of the essential oils that help to protect it, causing dryness and inflammation that can result in thinning hair.
Don’t wait. The sooner you address your symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Speak to our medical doctors today to begin your journey to a fuller hair.
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