Little Known Information May Help You Decipher Your Hair Loss
Little Known Information May Help You Decipher Your Hair Loss Problem
If you are concerned about hair loss, you may or may not have anything to worry about. Hair loss is a complex phenomenon, and many factors affect it. Knowledge of some of the lesser known facts regarding hair loss may help you to determine what some of your risks may be. Read on for a review of some little known hair loss information.
Most people associate hair loss with age, and it is indeed quite rare for a young man or woman to begin permanent hair loss before the age of 18. If you are a teen and worried about hair loss, you should ask your parent to set up an appointment with your doctor for a complete physical. Your hair loss is probably a symptom of a nutritional imbalance or some other medical problem (including heart problems) that can be addressed with proper treatment.
Men who have very high testosterone levels also tend to have lower body fat. This condition extends to the scalp, and unfortunately, a thin scalp with a thin or nonexistent layer of fat beneath it can lead to baldness. It’s a good idea not to go too extreme in diet and exercise and to be sure to include plenty of healthful fats and omega 3 fatty acids in the diet to maintain a healthy insulating layer of fat beneath the skin.
In ancient Greece there was a class of men called eunuchs. These were young slaves who were castrated to keep them docile for life. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, noticed that these slaves did not lose their hair as other men did. He thought there must be some connection between castration and hair loss, and modern medicine has finally proven him right. When testosterone (male hormone) turns into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) male pattern baldness results. Luckily, modern medicine can address this with medication and other treatments.
One treatment for hair loss is follicular transplant. If you are considering this, you may be wondering where the hair that is used in follicular transplant comes from. Interestingly, it must come from an area with underlying muscular tissue because hair cannot grow in areas that are completely void of fatty and muscular tissue. Grafts for follicular implants typically come from the nape of the neck and the area of the scalp above your ears or at your temples.
Female pattern baldness is different from male pattern baldness. When women lose their hair, it falls out a little bit all over rather than in patches. If you are a woman whose hair is falling out in patches, you may have a medical condition, a nutritional imbalance or a stress problem causing it. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Generally speaking, women don’t have to worry about hair loss as much as men do. Additionally, if you are a man who lives in the country and gets a lot of outdoor, physical labor, you are statistically less likely to suffer from male pattern baldness than people who work indoors performing intellectual tasks. If you are a country dwelling manual laborer and you are losing your hair, it may be due to an easily treatable medical condition rather than male pattern baldness.
Not all hair loss is caused by aging or heredity. It can also be caused by a number of physical maladies. Some are serious and some are minor. By comparing your own situation with the information presented here, you may get some ideas about the causes of your hair loss. No matter what, the smartest thing to do is see your doctor for a complete physical and to plot out a course of treatment.