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Why Hair Loss In Men Is A Sign Of Underlying Health Problems

25 March, 2021

Hair loss in men is seen as an inevitable fact of life. 1 in 4 men is affected by hair loss by the age of 30, however, most men do not expect to be suffering from hair loss in their teens and early 20s. Studies show that 25% of men who have male pattern baldness start to lose their hair before the age of 21.

But can hair loss be the result of something more than just genetics? The short answer is yes. Although genetics is the most common reason, you can also suffer from reactive hair loss which is where your body is reacting to a change. Alternatively, studies have shown that hair loss in men can point to more serious medical issues.

health problems leading to men hair loss

Reactive hair loss in men can occur as a result of the introduction of medications that can be used to treat:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Gout
  • High blood pressure

How hair loss in men can identify medical issues

A prime example is how research has identified a link between hair loss and prostate cancer. It suggests that men with moderate balding are 83% more likely to be diagnosed with this form of cancer later in life. This is caused by androgens which contribute to androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) and prostate cancer.

male pattern baldness diagramHair loss combined with other symptoms is also a red flag. One common example is if your hair is shedding at an abnormal rate and you are also experiencing muscle aches - this could suggest you could have a hormonal imbalance.

Hair loss can also point to issues with your diet or lifestyle. These would be considered reactive hair loss.

Alternative male hair loss causes

Lack of nourishment

lack of nourishment leading to hair loss

Hair loss in men combined with fatigue and depleted energy could be pointing to a lack of nourishment. Your body is not getting enough of the nutrients it needs. Some of the most important vitamins and nutrients your body needs for hair growth are:

  • Vitamin A – Required for cell growth and to help the skin produce sebum which moisturizes the scalp
  • B- Vitamins – Helps to create red blood cells which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles
  • Vitamin C – An antioxidant that protects the scalp against free radicals which prevent hair growth
  • Vitamin D – Creates new follicles
  • Vitamin E – Prevents oxidative stress which blocks hair growth
  • Iron – Helps red blood cells carry oxygen
  • Zinc – Ensures the oil glands around the follicles are working properly, and helps with hair tissue growth and repair
  • Protein – The substance that makes up hair and allows it to grow

Too much stress

excess stress leading to hair loss

Another cause of male hair loss could be excess stress. Stress is a known contributor to a specific type of hair loss called telogen effluvium which suddenly causes strands of hair to shed.

Although hair loss from telogen effluvium is temporary and will grow back, prolonged periods of stress from a high-pressured job or hectic lifestyle can mean that the body is constantly in a state of telogen effluvium.

This means that the hair never has a chance to grow back, therefore causing baldness.

If your hair is falling out due to stress, it is important to take this seriously. Stress can not only affect your hair, it can also be a trigger for other issues such as an increased risk of medical emergencies like heart attacks, fertility issues, weakened immune system and more.

What can you do about hair loss in men?

scalp treatment for hair loss in men

Hair loss in men is a difficult problem that can have a real impact on self-esteem. Although some men choose to embrace their changing appearance, we can understand why many would prefer to reverse this balding effect.

Luckily there plenty of effective treatments for hair loss in men in Singapore. If you are concerned about your hair loss, our team of expert trichologists are on hand to help.

At Papilla Haircare, our team will analyze your head and scalp to determine the cause of your hair loss before tailoring a treatment plan specifically for you. We have a wide range of hair loss solutions from LED treatments and Micro-Needling, to radiofrequency and Cell Nutrition Therapy.

Schedule a consultation with our trichologists today in your first step towards rediscovering your great hair.