Causes of Female Pattern Hair Loss and Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPB)

This may be the most important question for you to ask. Once you know the cause you can work on a solution. Let’s get started:

It is clear that genetics and inheritance play a role in female and male pattern hair loss in creating a predisposition to hair loss or other related dysfunctions that coexist or cause hair loss. However, genetics are triggered and moderated by many factors, environmental, metabolic, dietary etc.. genetics alone do not offer an answer nor an understanding of why patterned hair loss occurs or how it can be reversed. Thanks to the polygenic nature of so called androgenic alopecia (AGA) we don’t fully understand how AGA happens within the androgen-dependent air loss model.

For now, male pattern baldness (MPB),  female pattern baldness is best defined as by visual means using a system such as the Hamilton-Norwood or Ludwig classification systems. The reality is that hair loss is caused by many factors, it is your body’s canary in a gold mine, alerting you to a larger issue within the body that needs to be addressed.

Most scientific research done regarding androgenic alopecia (AGA) concentrated on androgenic metabolism and androgenic receptors and the genes involved; however, as stated earlier many causes and models exist that may be worth investigating.  Some of these come from research into areas other than hair loss such as cardivascular and cancer research. Since hair loss incidents are linked to some of these diseases, preventing some of these degenerative diseases potentially does reverse hair loss.

Naturally, the list below is a glimpse at a vast field.. oversimplified.

I have found many causes of hair loss, many of them overlap. Each of these will be explained in more detail individually as I get the time to write more.. The list below is enough to get you excited (I hope) and get you started on your research.

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Here’s the list of things that cause male/female pattern hair loss:

* androgen-dependent (male hormones)
* biotin deficiency
* calcification
* cancers
* candida
* cardiovascular disease
* celiac disease / gluten intolerance
* chronic stress
* chemotherapy / radiation
* dairy consumption
* digestive GI tract issues
* estrogen-dependent
* food sensitivities
* free radicals
* grains
* hair treatments (chemicals in relaxers, hair straighteners)
* heavy metals
* hormonal imbalances / changes
* hypertension
* immune
* inflammation, systemic or localized
* insulin sensitivity
* iodine, magnesium, b vitamin, protein, vitamin D, iron, sulfur, silica, phosphate, phosphorus deficiencies
* lack of essential fatty acids
* lactose intolerance
* liver disease, fatty liver etc
* low adrenal function (adrenal fatigue)
* low thyroid (hypothyroid)
* lupus erythematosus
* medications
* metabolic issues
* minerals imbalance
* mold / fungus localized on the scalp or as internal fungal Infections (such as tinea capitis)
* non-androgen dependent
* nutritional deficiency (malnutrition, lack of absorption, lack of stomach acid, lack of beneficial gut flora, etc)
* oxidative stress
* prostate
* prostate enlargement
* scalp parasites
* scalp infections
* scleroderma
* sebum
* chronic sugar consumption
* syndrome X, metabolic syndrome
* toxins: mycotoxins, heavy metals, dental infections, dental toxins, organic pollutants
* thyroid disorders (hyperthyroidism & hypothyroidism)
* anemia (iron deficiency)
* high copper
* hypervitaminosis A – excessive vitamin A
* chronic illness
* pharmaceutical medications
* consumption of corn, gluten (wheat, barley, rye), dairy (casein), soy

In women, in addition to the above these also contribute to hair loss: pregnancy, menopause, presence of ovarian cysts (poly-cystic ovarian syndrome), birth control pills with a high androgen index. Also thyroid disorders, anemia, chronic illness and some medications

I’m also researching: Pseudopelade of Brocq, Secondary syphilis, Telogen effluvium, Traction alopecia, Trichotillomania, Tufted folliculitis, Hypotrichosis, Lichen planopilaris, Trichorrhexis nodosa, Alopecia neoplastica, Anagen effluvium, Alopecia mucinosa, cicatricial alopecia, Folliculitis decalvans.

By the way, body pH is not a concern here, this is an old myth now.. we know the body regulate the blood’s pH. pH is only useful if it’s measured in the saliva or urine. The thyroid regulated blood pH.

Page last updated 1/4/2011

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