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What really causes male pattern baldness?

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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Dr. Foster Carr
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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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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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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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Does mht work permanently for hair loss caused by male pattern baldness?

Does mht work permanently for hair loss caused by male pattern baldness?

Minoxidil: If hair growth is going to occur with the use of minoxidil, it usually occurs after the medicine has been used for several months and lasts only as long as the medicine continues to be used. Hair loss will begin again within a few months after Minoxidil treatment is stopped. ...Read more

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Could testosterone therapy cause male pattern baldness?

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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Does weight lifting cause male pattern baldness? From testosterone?

Does weight lifting cause male pattern baldness? From testosterone?

Baldness: You list yourself as age 23. At that age testosterone should be normal and you would have no trouble weight lifting. If you already have male pattern baldness you should see both your doctor and a dermatologist ...Read more

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Is skull expansion related to male pattern baldness aside from DHT as the main cause?

Is skull expansion related to male pattern baldness aside from DHT as the main cause?

No.: Dht is the main cause of androgentic alopecia or male pattern hair loss in men who are genetically susceptible to it. "skull expansion" has nothing to do with it. Most of the growth of your head is done during infancy. ...Read more

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Does using hair spray or hair gel cause male pattern baldness?

No: Male pattern baldness is typically genetic. Though certain environmental effects likely contribute to the rate of hair loss, I don't know of any evidence suggesting hair styling products contribute to this. Products such as Minoxidil can slow hair loss in those with male pattern baldness. ...Read more

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For male pattern baldness (24 yrs), is spironolactone 25mg daily effective for hair regrowth? Can the dose cause chemical castration on long term use?

No, it's not good: Sprinolactone is used to reduce the levels of male hormones in women with hair loss. It's not the appropriate drug for men. The only drugs that are fda approved for hair loss in men are Propecia and rogaine (minoxidil). Consult with your dermatologist for an appropriate treatment that fits your needs. ...Read more

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Does Proscar (finasteride) cause high grade cancer or help detect it easier? I use for male pattern baldness. I'm unsure if safe. 4 days 1.25mg miss every 5th

Does Proscar (finasteride) cause high grade cancer or help detect it easier? I use for male pattern baldness. I'm unsure if safe. 4 days 1.25mg miss every 5th

Yes and no: 15 or so yrs ago a researcher reported that Proscar (finasteride) may help prevent ca prostate. Much controversy occurred. Since then many reports have said yes and no. But most seem to believe Proscar (finasteride) could have a good effect on preventing prostate cancer. The good part is, it seems to do no harm except reducing the amount of semen at ejaculation time, which females seem to appreciate . ...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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Alopecia (Definition)

Alopecia is a term describing the loss of hair from the head or body. There are many potential causes including hairstyling routines ...Read more