Hair Loss Types

Androgenetic Alopecia (Pattern Hair Loss)

What is Androgenetic Alopecia?

Androgenetic alopecia also known as pattern hair loss is a hereditary hair loss condition which is characterized by the slow change of terminal hairs into undetermined, and then into vellus hairs. It is the most common disease which affects both men and women. In men it is called as male-pattern baldness and in females it is called as female-pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia in males has been linked to many other diseases as enlargement of prostate cancer and coronary heart disease. In addition, diabetes, obesity, prostate cancer and high blood pressure are also relevant to androgenetic alopecia. In women, androgenetic alopecia is linked with an elevated risk of polycystic ovary syndrome which is characterized by a hormonal imbalance. Hormonal imbalance results in irregular menstruation, hirsutism, acne, and weight gain.

Androgenetic alopecia is a common reason for hair loss in both men and women. It can begin as early as at teenage and its risk elevates with age. Over 50 percent of men above the age of 50years suffer some degree of hair loss. In the case of women, hair loss usually occurs after menopause.

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