Hair Loss and Treatment

Why do men go bald?

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2009-04-10 21:24:57

Baldness is hereditary and the gene is carried by the mother.

Baldness is when the follicle where the hair follicle stops

workingproperly. Testosterone, a hormone that is present in high

levels in males after puberty, is converted to dihydrotestosterone

(DHT) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT has an adverse

affect on the hair follicles. Acting on a hormone receptor on the

hair follicle it slows down hair production and produces weak,

shorter hair, sometimes it stops hair growth from the follicle

completely. This process gradually depletes your stock of hair and

is normal hair loss. DHT is produced by males and is responsible

for the formation of male sex-specific characteristics. DHT is an

important contributor to other characteristics generally attributed

to males, including facial and body hair growth, and deepening of

the voice. DHT may also play a crucial role in both sex drive and

the growth of muscle tissue.


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