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Alopecia or Male Pattern Hair Loss

The common cause of hair loss is genetics. A hormone called Dihydrotestosteron (DHT) may increase hair loss and result in thinner hair. In the end, the hair follicles die out, resulting in permanent hair loss. 

This is called Alopecia or Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL).

Some statistics have shown that male pattern hair loss affects 5% of men 20 years of age and increases to 50% by the age of 40. It is basically hereditary, and unfortunately hair loss is almost unavoidable.

Other lesser factors that may contribute to hair loss are stress, poor blood circulation, clogged hair follicles, lack of nutrition, chemotherapy and antidepressants.

Reversing Hair Loss

The idea is to reduce the amount of Dihydrotestosteron (DHT) to prevent further hair loss. One prescription medication, Propecia, inhibits the enzyme producing DHT. Another is an oral medication called Finasteride, which some have claimed to have helped older men grow back some of their hair.

There are also claims that Minoxidil, initially used to treat high blood pressure, can regrow hair. The USDA approved topical version was specifically designed to treat hair loss.

Besides medication, other options are hair transplants and extension. Remember to always consult your doctor.

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