Depending on your age, you might feel like you look in the mirror, and more and more of your hair is missing every time. Don’t worry! You’re not alone—more than half of the men 50 or older report having signs of hair loss. The issue reaches about 4 out of 5 men by the age of 70. Chances are you can blame this problem on your family tree, but there are a few other reasons you are experiencing hair loss here and there. Let’s go through some of the common causes of hair loss in men.
Genetics play a significant role in the cause of hair loss for men. It’s the most common cause we see in men’s hair loss. Scientists aren’t quite sure what causes hair follicles to shrink or why male pattern baldness happens in relatively the same pattern among many men. However, the issue can start as young as your teens, and it begins with thinning, softer hair. The process usually starts near your temples or the crown of your head.
Temporary hair loss can be an issue that surfaces with different medical conditions. Some of the most common ones are anemia and thyroid problems. Having a low intake of protein can also cause hair loss in men. Radiation and chemotherapy cause widespread hair loss, but it usually grows back after some time.
Many drugs or medications have hair loss as a side effect. Some include medications that treat arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, heart problems, and cancer. If you have questions about whether hair loss could be an issue due to your meds, you should contact your doctor.
Stress or shock
Certain situations and other life events can cause your body to go into shock or create a lot of stress for you. Stressful events can bring about hair loss for a few months. Events such as excessive weight loss, surgery, emotional or physical stress, or even fever and the flu can cause some balding.
Testosterone and other hormones in men cause hair follicles to shrink. So some of your hair loss can be blamed on the testosterone in the male body. You might eventually stop growing hair as well. Thyroid issues in men typically lead to hair loss, too.
Parker Trichology understands losing your hair is a difficult thing to go through. That’s why we’re here to help. If you think you may be experiencing hair loss for any of these reasons or just in general, give us a call. We can set up an appointment and discuss your situation. We don’t want you to have to stress about something like hair loss.