While many men wish it was a men’s health myth, the truth is male pattern baldness affects all men to some degree as they grow older. Also known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness usually begins at the temples, with the hairline gradually receding. After time, the hair at the crown of the head thins and disappears.
You can inherit male pattern baldness
Like many elements of men’s health, male pattern baldness is an inherited trait, so if your father and grandfather went bald early, chances are you will too.
Many men are affected by the condition
Significant male pattern baldness affects about one in five men (20%) in their 20s, roughly one in three men (30%) in their 30s and nearly half of men (40%) in their 40s.
There may be a connection between male pattern baldness and prostate cancer
Because testosterone is partly responsible for prostate and hair growth, studies have shown that men who experience vertex hair loss (hair loss from the crown) are at an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Hair products aren’t a threat
Contrary to popular belief, hair gels and hair sprays don’t increase your risk or cause male pattern baldness. There are no active ingredients in these products that would incite male baldness, but if you are worried you can switch to natural-based products.
There are drugs available for baldness
Drugs such as Minoxidil and Finasteride can be used to stimulate hair growth. Minoxidil is a topical treatment applied straight to slow hair loss and in some cases grow new hair. Finasteride is a prescription pill that decreases the rate of hair loss.
If you are concerned about male pattern baldness, then contact Southport Metro Medical today. Located on the Gold Coast, we have men’s health general practitioners that can help you find the right treatment plan for you.