For men, balding is a real fear around the onset of middle-age. Waving goodbye to your majestic mane can be a serious adjustment: studies have implied that it can affect everything from your libido to your mental attitude. Here’s just the short list on how your hair loss can be affecting your health:
The Science behind Hair Loss
Androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness, the relocation of hair follicles…whatever you call it, hair loss in men isn’t uncommon. In fact, according to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), more than 85% of men in the United States experience some form of hair loss by age 50. While there are plenty of contributors to hair loss, science is beginning to center in on the differing levels in hormones.
Testosterone, the male hormone, exists inside your body in different forms: “free” testosterone that isn’t bound to proteins, testosterone bound to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), made from enzymes. Depending on how the testosterone levels are in your body, your hair loss may be different than anyone else’s.
Harvard Medical School recently completed a study that suggested men with vertical baldness are almost twice as likely to develop prostate cancer as men without bald spots. The risk of coronary artery disease also increased, leading researchers to believe there is a connection between DHT—the testosterone in your prostate—and baldness.
Another study done in the Czech Republic revealed that men with premature male pattern baldness had lower-than-average levels of testosterone. Researchers have compared lower levels of testosterone in men to polycystic ovarian syndrome (POS) in women, where varying levels of hormones have an impact on the overall health.
Bald Doesn’t Have to be Bad…Or Does it?
While the changing testosterone levels in your body certainly explain some of the mood changes you may undergo, it doesn’t excuse everything: plans to take over the world or destroy the city are still pretty bad ideas. We’ve taken a few of Hollywood’s baddest and added a new ‘do to see how the new look changes their attitudes. Spoiler alert: they’re just bad to the bone.
It’s hard to say what made these villains go bad, but it’s certain that a new hairstyle isn’t going to help bring them back. The same may not be true for you: if you need help getting your groove back, contact us! We’d love to sit and tell you all about hair transplantation and how testosterone levels affect everything from your head to your toes.