Hair Loss – Men who begin to go bald or hairloss in men before a crisis may have their mothers to blame, according to a new study. Researchers have found that the main construction manual for a full head of hair can be found on the X chromosome, which sons always inherit from their mothers.
This genetic storage space contains the so-called androgen receptor gene, a long time balding suspect. Looking at guys who were losing their hair at a relatively young age, a group led by Markus Nothen, PhD, of the Life & Brain Center at Bonn University, Germany systematically examined all of the genetic patterns within the X chromosome to see why specific hairlines recede faster than others. It is not a pretty picture.
The study, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, asserts that one alteration in the gene is the reason why some men wind up going bald before their dads. If they did not have this genetic variation, nearly half of guys wouldn’t be bald. The hair loss in those guys was considerably more severe than at the men who still had a reason to use a comb in their 60s.
Both approved medicines to treat baldness (Rogaine and Propecia) have to be taken for a long time to find results. With Propecia, doctors sometimes advise their patients not to expect any results before at least six. And both need to be used indefinitely to maintain its effect. Hair loss will continue, as soon as you stop.