Genetic and Hereditary Causes
of Hair Loss and Thinning
If you blame your bad genes for your hair loss, you’re not alone. Many men who go bald at an early age suspect that genetics are at play when it comes to hair loss. They can often tell you stories of their father, grandfathers, and uncles going bald by a certain age. Women, too, can point to thinning hair in their family tree and often speculate that they’re likely to lose their hair earlier in life.
Male-pattern and female-pattern baldness tends comes from your father’s side of the family, according to scientists. This type of hair loss often begins when a person is as young as 20 years old. Over the years, men with this type of hair loss will begin to experience a receding hairline that gradually spreads across their heads.
There are plenty of anecdotes that say hair loss is in our genes, but what does the scientific research point to?
Androgenetic Alopecia and Genetics
Androgentic alopecia, also known as male and female-pattern baldness, is one of the most common types of hair loss experienced by both men and women. Research has found that a variety of genetic and environmental factors likely play a role in causing it.
While many people can point to this type of baldness in their father’s side of the family tree, the risk factors that may contribute to this condition are mostly unknown. Researchers do know that alopecia is is related to hormones called androgens, and can especially be impacted by an androgen called dihydrotestosterone. Its presence, over a long period of time, can cause hair follicles to shrink to the point that hair can no longer grow.
Regulating hormones is an important element of good health. An imbalance of hormones can cause dysfunction in both males and females, such as regulating hair growth and sex drive.
Diseases Can Also Play a Factor In Baldness
Diabetes, thyroid disorders, and other health problems can also cause hair loss. If these diseases are present in your family tree, you may be more prone to having them at some point in your own life as well. Because of this, it’s very important that if you experience sudden hair loss, you see a Dr. who can do a full workup. If your thyroid hormone levels are low for a long period of time, such as occurs with Hashimoto’s disease, your hair will likely thin and your fingernails will become brittle. If you suffer from uncontrolled diabetes or wildly fluctuating insulin levels, your body may divert its resources away from your hair.
Answers to Hereditary Hair Loss
While there is no way to completely restore hair once you’ve experience alopecia, there are a few modern miracles of science that can help you control hair loss. A prepscription pill called Propecia (finasteride) can reduces your hormone levels and slow the process of hair loss. It works best when you’ve just started learning experiencing hair loss.
If you’re experiencing hair loss and looking for a natural solution, make sure you take a multivitamin that contains biotin, protein, and iron. These essential nutrients help our hair as well as the rest of our body stay strong and healthy.