What are the causes of hair loss in men?

In short, the most common cause of baldness in men is a genetic predisposition called androgenetic alopecia. It is a condition whereby the affected follicles are sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone type II. There are other causes of hair loss in men, including:

  • Genetics
  • Male Hormones
  • Medical Conditions
  • Injuries

Sometimes hair loss can be caused by underlying medical conditions, so it is important that men be evaluated by a physician. If clinically appropriate, the following processes should be considered:

  • Anemia
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Emotional Stress
  • Autoimmune Skin Diseases (scarring alopecias)

It is also important to review the use of medications that can cause hair loss, such as beta-blockers, Vitamin A, thyroid drugs, coumadin and prednisone. The following laboratory tests are often useful if underlying problems are suspected: CBC, Chem Screen, ANA, T4, TSH, Androstenedione, DHEASulfate, Total and Free Testosterone.

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