Did I Inherit A Hair Loss Gene?

Did I Inherit A Hair Loss Gene?
Did I Inherit A Hair Loss Gene?
Men who start to go bald even before a mid-life crisis might have their mothers to blame, according to a new study. Scientists have discovered 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 area comprises the so-called androgen receptor gene, a very long time balding suspect. Looking at guys who were losing their hair in a relatively young age, a team headed by Markus Nothen, PhD, of the Life & Brain Center in Bonn University, Germany systematically analyzed each of the genetic patterns within the X chromosome to see why specific hairlines recede faster than many others. It's not a pretty image.

The study, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, asserts that a single alteration in the androgen-receptor gene is the major reason why some guys wind up going bald before their dads. Nearly half of bald guys wouldn't be bald when they did not have this genetic variant. The hair loss in these younger guys, he added, was much more acute than the guys who still had a reason to use a comb in their 60s.

Both approved medicines to deal with hair loss (Rogaine and Propecia) have to be taken for a long time to see effects. With Propecia, physicians sometimes advise their patients not to expect any consequences before at least six to eight months. Once you stop, hair loss will continue.

Even though there are only two medicines approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hair loss, a lot of people are interested in other, alternative treatments. The herb saw palmetto has been used for many years in Europe to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate and there is some evidence that it might also be effective in treating hair loss.
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