Male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in men. It is estimated that more than 50% of all men over the age of fifty would be affected by male pattern baldness.
A teenage boy can develop the condition but it more commonly occurs in adult men, with the likelihood increasing with age. The loss of hair can take different forms. In some men, only the crown is affected while some men may have almost all their hair lost.
What causes the condition?
Baldness occurs when the hair follicles shrinks gradually, resulting in shorter and thinner hair. With time, the follicle stops growing new hair but hair can nevertheless still grow because the follicle remains alive.
Genetics and having a family history of baldness are causes of the condition. Research has also found an association between baldness and male sex hormones.
Are there any health risks associated with the condition?
When it is caused either by genes or family history, it does not negatively impact a man’s health. There are however times when the condition is caused by health problems like cancer, thyroid conditions or certain medications. When this is the case, treatment may become necessary
Can the condition be treated?
Treatment usually is not necessary as long as it is not caused by a health condition. Nevertheless, treatments are available for men who are not happy with the way they look and would prefer the appearance of a fuller head of hair.
Can the condition be prevented?
Currently, there is no known way to prevent male pattern baldness.