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Male Pattern Baldness Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness is a typical pattern of hair loss in men which is for the most part caused by a single dominant autosomal gene Other factors include the male hormone androgen age and genetic predisposition Each month the scalp hair grows at an average rate of half an inch Every hair has an approximate lifetime of four to seven years which after this it falls out and is replaced by a new hair For the most part 15 of hair is growing while the 85 of the hair rest This wide spread disease effects about 23 of the worlds male population at some point or another Generally hair loss begins to start around the age of 30 at the temples Never the less the condition is more of a psychological problem than a medical The condition androgenic alopecia is the result of the androgen on the hair follicles that have genetic receptor sites in other words male pattern baldness is resulted by the presence of endocrine hormones like testosterone on the hair follicle which is where the hair is produced that have genetic receptor sites Male pattern baldness usually is a symmetrical disease so if there is a non-symmetrical area of baldness it is not the cause of androgenic alopecia The typical pattern begins of occur at the hairline then over time forms an M The crown also begins to become thinner as does the existing hair Eventually the m meets the thinned crown and forms the most common bald shape the horseshoe Currently there are no treatments for male pattern baldness so the condition is permanent But no treatment should be required if the person is comfortable with their appearance At this time there is one drug that the FDA has approved for hair loss minoxidil which if used a-top the scalp twice daily could help hair grow in 10-20
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