There is one persistent problem that constantly plagues men and women from all around the world. Some people – especially the men – see it as the end of the world when they encounter this problem. This problem is hair loss.
Some people believe in the power of science though. They still hope that it can be reversed. Can it though?
Let’s take a look at how hair loss research is shaping up these days.
Hair loss is something that a lot of men go through. It is termed as male pattern baldness.
Statistics say that not all men will have male pattern baldness. However, a majority of men will go through it. By age 40, more than half will have it. By the time men reach 50 years old, the statistics increase to more than 80%. It seems an inevitability when time is taken into account.
Despite what the statistics say though, men will be able to tell early on if they are losing hair or not. It is said that some men will be able to tell as early as 21 years old.
With all this talk of men, and the fact that it is called “male pattern baldness”, people tend to forget that guys aren’t the only ones affected by this. Women can also be affected with this baldness. Less than 50% of the affected are women.
Finally, children can also have baldness. For children, there are a number of reasons why they can have it. Simply tying their hair too tight could be a cause.
The Scientific Facts
So, what is the cause of this baldness? Well most of it is inherited from the genes of your parents. Chances are that if your parents were or are going bald, then you have a chance too.
Research has stated though that even though both parents’ DNA is taken into account, it is the genes of the mother that pass on the baldness more than the father. This baldness is tied to a specific gene that scientists have identified.
With all this talk of genes, it is easy to dismiss hair loss as a natural occurrence. “It is what it is,” is the popular quote.
However, it should not be ignored that hair loss may signify other health problems as well. It could point to something in the prostate or an increase in heart problems.
People have always looked for a solution to baldness. They try out different creams, lotions, diets, and whatever people can latch on to and give them hope.
This doesn’t mean that all hope is lost though. There are medications out there that address hair loss, but if people are really adamant about keeping their head full of hair, they can have surgery.
It has been recorded that more than 300,000 people have had hair surgeries. Out of the whole world, the most surgeries actually come from Asia.
These are a few facts and statistics about hair loss. Stay aware and if it happens to you, take in stride.