Most men begin to notice thinning hair or a receding hairline in their 20s. But although male hair loss is incredibly common, it can still be very distressing and negatively affect self-esteem. Dr Max Pemberton explores the psychological impact of balding and what to do if you're losing your confidence along with your tresses. By the age of 50, half of all men will have noticeable hair loss. By the age of 60, it will affect around two thirds.
Why going bald can seriously affect your mental health
Sarthak Sinha: Why do some people go bald? | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | TED
Short men may have an increased risk of becoming bald prematurely. An international genetic study under the leadership of the University of Bonn at least points in this direction. During the study, the scientists investigated the genetic material of more than 20, men. Their data show that premature hair loss is linked to a range of various physical characteristics and illnesses. The work has now been published in Nature Communications. It has already long been known that men with premature hair loss suffer from heart diseases and prostate cancer somewhat more often.
Sign in Register. News Guardian. Nooks and crannies. Semantic enigmas.
Male pattern baldness follows from a one-two punch of genetic influence probably related to more than one gene, and not necessarily from the maternal side and hormonal changes in adulthood. Baldness in men is related to the male hormone dihydrotestosterone, which causes old hairs on the scalp to be replaced by progressively shorter and thinner hairs in a predictable pattern, beginning at the temples and crown of the head. A study in found that the root cause of male pattern baldness is that as we age, stem cells in the scalp lose the ability to develop into the type of cells that make hair follicles.