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:
- Male Hormones
- Medical Conditions
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:
- 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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