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Is male pattern baldness genetic?

Is male pattern baldness genetic?

Yes: The majority of cases of male pattern alopecia have a family history of baldness. It is thought to be autosomal dominant with mexed penetrance. ...Read more

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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Is male pattern baldness always genetic?

Is male pattern baldness always genetic?

Pattern Hair Loss: Male patterned baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is a genetic disease that causes hair loss in certain areas of the scalp, in certain people, usually males. It may not be easy to figure out the genetic link, from either maternal or paternal side of the family. It occurs usually only when there are male hormones, and so young men get it, and older, post menopausal women, who no longer make estrogens. ...Read more

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Male pattern baldness treatment?

Male pattern baldness treatment?

Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia: These are the two most commonly recommended regimens under the guidance of dermatologists. See a doc. ...Read more

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What causes male pattern baldness?

What causes male pattern baldness?

Male pattern baldnes: Usually there is a genetic predisposition. Excessive activity of the adrenal or pituitary glands can also cause this along with polycystic ovarian syndrome in women. Certain drugs can also cause this type of hair loss including steroids and testosterone Progesterone and adrenocortical steroids. ...Read more

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What is male pattern baldness?

What is male pattern baldness?

Androgenic Alopecia: Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that results in thinning or baldness of the temples, frontal scalp, and/or crown. The sides and back of the scalp are unaffected. It is well known that a hormone, dihidrotestosterone (dht), results in miniturization of the hair follicles, causing the hair to thin and become fine. Treatments include topical 5% rogaine (minoxidil) (otc) & Propecia 1mg daily (rx). ...Read more

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Is baldness genetic?

Is baldness genetic?

Yes: One needs two factors, one of the genes for male pattern baldness, mixed with testosterone, the predominant male hormone. Once the gene is present, in general the greater the testosterone (often visible by the amount of facial, chest and back hair) the greater the male pattern baldness. There are other types of baldness (such as alopecia totalis) which are rarer and not genetic in the same sense. ...Read more

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Could testosterone therapy cause male pattern baldness?

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Could testosterone therapy cause male pattern baldness?

Yes: Testosterone is broken down in body into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estrodiol (E2). Excess T is converted into DHT & E2 above & beyond baseline level. Excess DHT is linked to hair loss such that we use 5ARIs to reduce DHT. Prime examples of 5ARI is Finasteride (Propecia (finasteride) or Proscar). However, lowering DHT can sometimes increase E2, leading to loss of libido, erectile dysfunction & gynecomastia ...Read more

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Can zinc stimulate male pattern baldness ?

Can zinc stimulate male pattern baldness ?

Doubt it: probably not, androgens do , normal aging pattern dependent on your parents type of hair. probabably bosley is best for hair transplant , micrografts work best. minoxydil [rogain]alsohelps but need daily for years to keep it going. ...Read more

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Does Aminexil works against male pattern baldness?

Yes: This is a topical treatment similar to minoxidil. It is reasonably effective, especially if the problem is not too advanced ...Read more

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Does whey protein increases male pattern baldness ?

Does whey protein increases male pattern baldness ?

No: No, whey protein does not worsen baldness. See http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art03030/hair-loss-alopecia-baldness.Html for a good overview of conventional and natural therapies. ...Read more

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What really causes male pattern baldness?

Hair loss: Male pattern baldness is another way of saying a patient has an inherited form of hair loss. Unfortunately we cannot change a patient's genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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Is minoxidil effective for male pattern baldness?

Yes: Clinical trials have demonstrated clinical benefits using topical Minoxidil for vertex male pattern alopecia. ...Read more

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Could eating meat cause male pattern baldness?

Could eating meat cause male pattern baldness?

No: I honor vegetarians who undertake the lifestyle out of concern over factory farming of animals. However, much of what militant vegetarians tell you is simply untrue -- it gets cultish. I'm sorry someone troubled you over this. Whether a man will go bald is a function of multiple genes and correlates with how much body hair he's naturally blessed with. ...Read more

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Is male pattern baldness is completely controlled?Thx

Is male pattern baldness is completely controlled?Thx

Male Pattern : Male pattern baldness is related to your genes and male sex hormones. It usually follows a pattern of receding hairline and hair thinning on the crown, and is caused by hormones and genetic predisposition. Treatments include Minoxidil and propecia (finasteride). The medications together are about 83% effective. ...Read more

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Is male pattern baldness 100% hereditary?Could a guy who eats greasy sugary fast food daily grow old with a full set of hair depending on genes?

Is male pattern baldness 100% hereditary?Could a guy who eats greasy sugary fast food daily grow old with a full set of hair depending on genes?

Maybe. Maybe not.: A "full set" of hair at age 90 is not the same amount of hair as a "full set" of hair at age 19. Such a guy could be normal at both age 19 and 90, and have a "full set" of hair at age 19 and at 90, but will have a lot fewer hairs in his "full set" at age 90. Reality is reality. Don't worry about the hair. It's just hair. ...Read more

Gene (Definition)

A hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of dna that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and determines a particular characteristic in an organism. Genes undergo mutation when their ...Read more


Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more