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Andropause and Hair Loss

Andropause — which describes age-related changes in male hormones caused by getting older — and hair loss often go hand in hand. Imagine clumps of hair falling off of your head, or observing strands of once healthy hair collecting in the shower drain. Maybe you run your hand through your hair and simply feel it thinning. Whatever the case is, it can feel daunting and quite scary.

What Causes Hair Loss?

Typically hair loss is a result of an imbalance of the male testosterone hormone in the body. Instead of infusing the hair with healthy testosterone, enzymes break it down to a simpler form known as dihydrotestosterone. An excess of this hormone has the effect of decreasing the size of hair follicles, which eventually break down and make your hair fall out sporadically. 

Hyperthyroidism and DHT

The medical condition best associated with hair loss is hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a by-product of decreasing levels of Human Growth Hormone, which is responsible for regulating our aging process. Older individuals’ hormones have a profound effect on the rate and consistency of hair loss. Normal levels of dihydrotestosterone or DHT (considered by medical circles the strongest, most potent form of testosterone) is responsible for building and growing body hair in men, while an excess of dihydrotestosterone can cause hair degeneration.

DHT is directly produced in the skin, made to work by supporting enzymes that break it down for distribution throughout the body. DHT levels are present more in certain areas of the body than in others. This explains why we may have a full crop of hair on our heads, and little bushes of hair on our chests and backs.

Hair Cycles

How hair grows is a wondrous thing in itself that needs to be recognized. Typically, hair grows at a rate of a quarter of an inch every two weeks. People have their “hair growth cycles” disrupted when there is an erratic growth of some hair strands where “new” hair pushes “old” hair out. Because andropause is a period of hormonal imbalance, a lack of hormonal stability and poor homeostasis (holistic balance) in the body pushes things out of whack.

If you want to maintain healthy strands of hair, one thing you can do is hit that stair climber machine! Exercise reverses the aging process and may certainly reverse this symptom. Hair loss products that can help you recapture your hair also exist.

Stress As an Agent of Hair Loss

Secondary causes of hair loss in older men is stress. More specifically, stress raises the levels of cortisol and cortisone (known as stress hormones) in the body. Eating non-nutritionally rich foods can also speed up hair loss.

Pretty much any activity that speeds up the aging process will speed up your hair loss as well.

Stay away from caffeinated drinks, fast foods, and cigarette smoking to keep your thick mane longer. Participate in recreational activities to reduce stress and light up your life with a proper exercise regimen.

Stay Confident

If you’re suffering from this condition, don’t let it negatively affect you! Andropause should not serve as a punishment — rather, a realization of a future for the better. 

Male or female, old or young, if you’re experiencing hair loss, you can be sure that there are millions of other people just like you. You can regain your self-assurance and a healthy head of hair with medical hair restoration or a surgical hair transplant in Houston, TX from Dr. Raghu Athré. He has the specialized training and skill to determine the underlying cause of hair loss and address those issues via surgical and non-surgical means.

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