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According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it is normal to lose or shed 50 to 100 hairs a day because this small loss is not noticeable because we have 100,000 hairs on our heads. New hair usually replaces them, but not always. Excessive hair shedding is getting more and more common these days. Around 40% of men suffer from hair loss by the time they turn 35. Overall, Androgenetic Alopecia affects 50% of men and 15% of women. It is especially more common for postmenopausal women.

What is Androgenetic Alopecia?

Androgenetic Alopecia is a condition of hair loss that is common in both men and women. It is also known as male pattern baldness for men. In Androgenetic Alopecia for men, hair is lost in a pattern, starting from the temples above. As time progress, the hairline recedes to take an "M" shape. Hair also starts to get thin. For women, the process is different. The hair does get thinner, but the hairline does not recede. It is common for men to get complete baldness, but not for women with Androgenetic Alopecia.


Researchers are still unsure about the risk factors that can cause Androgenetic Alopecia. But they believe a variety of environmental and genetic factors can lead to this condition. They have learned Androgenetic Alopecia is related to Androgens. They are hormones that are crucial for sexual development. They also regulate sex drive and hair growth in both men and women. Researchers think some genes can contribute to this form of hair loss, but only variation in one gene called AR has been confirmed so far. This gene is crucial for making an androgen receptor, a protein that helps the body to respond to DHT or Dihydrotestosterone and other androgens properly. But it is still unclear how changes in genetics increase the chances of androgenetic alopecia in men and women. Researchers think some medical conditions, such as heart disease and prostate cancer, etc., can increase the risk of Androgenetic Alopecia as they can elevate androgen levels. But they continue to investigate the connection.

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To treat the condition of hair loss, a few medications can help. Minoxidil can stop hairs from thinning and stimulates new hair. How this medical work is not yet known properly, but it has shown positive results among people suffering from androgenetic alopecia. It can take a couple of months for this medicine to show results. It is needed to be taken continuously every day to notice the results. Oral Finasteride is another medicine that can help people fight the condition of hair loss. It is known for slowing down the rate of hair loss. It also stimulates the growth of new hair. It is known for inhibiting the production of a hormone by the body that destroys hair follicles. ITh medications also take a couple of months to show the results. It is needed to be taken continuously every day to notice the results. Consulting with a doctor is important before the consumption of any of these medications.