Studies show that balding can change the way you feel about yourself and the way that other people perceive you, but what does science have to say about the relationship between balding and physical health? At Vinci Hair Clinic, we want to keep you up to date on all the newest, most reliable information about the relationship between your hair and your health —and when it comes to male-pattern baldness, there is a correlation between balding and the risk of prostate cancer later in life. The science behind hair loss in men explains why.
In the medical world, male-pattern hair loss is called androgenic alopecia. Most people are familiar with the term alopecia––the scientific word for hair loss. Many are less familiar, however, with androgens–– a type of hormone responsible for male characteristics. Testosterone is probably the best-known androgen, and it’s one of the strongest. The body converts some testosterone into an even stronger androgen: dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Androgenic alopecia is caused when a man’s body produces too much DHT. Ironically, DHT is the chemical that initiates hair growth in other areas of the body (it’s one of the reasons that men have more body and facial hair than women), but too much of it stimulates hair growth in other regions at the cost of hair loss on the head.
So other than changing the way you look, how does increased production of DHT influence your health? A study published in the September 2014 edition of The Journal of Oncology showed evidence that increased levels of DHT are also correlated to an enlarged prostate and increased risk of developing prostate cancer later in life. The findings, however, do not mean that male-pattern baldness causes prostate cancer––only that the two are correlated. Further studies will be needed in order to fully understand the meaning of this correlation. It’s important to note that female-pattern hair loss has different causes, and so it’s not associated with the same health risks. Check out this Huffington Post article to learn more about the difference.
At Vinci Hair Clinic, we’re dedicated to providing you the best information possible about hair loss and its solutions. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your situation with one of our trained professionals.