With a few lucky exceptions, hair loss is something that almost all men have to face as they age. The most common type of baldness in men is androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness (MPB). The main reasons for this condition are hormonal issues and genetic predisposition. In addition, other factors like medical conditions, side effects of medications, bad diet and stress/worry, can also accentuate the problem.
The Signs of MPB
MPB is typically a progressive condition that starts slowly, often imperceptibly, and continues until the amount of hair loss is obvious. Doctors use what is known as the Norwood-Hamilton scale to identify the various stages of hair loss caused by MPB.
- The hairline begins to recede from the front of the scalp.
- The loss continues in cycles and in each cycle the hair continually becomes less dense and weaker.
- The hair loss increases until it affects the top of the head.
- The loss continues to expand down the sides of the head.
Traditional medicine does not have a recognized and accepted cure for hair loss. There are some formulations that may cause a temporary spurt in hair growth or act in other ways to provide the short-term appearance of reduced MPB. There are also options like hair transplants etc. Read More...