Do Genes Cause Hair Loss?

Losing hair is a common problem among men over 50. But why do men go bald? Is it diet? Stress? Age? Or is it simply the so called ‘balding gene’?

While all the above increase the odds of losing hair, this article focuses on the genetic issue for which the most common solution is to get hair loss treatments or hair transplants.

Do You Have the Balding Gene?

A few decades ago men often looked at photographs of grandparents (and sometimes great-grandparents) to see if their ‘future self’ would be bald or not. If the men in the family tree were bald then there was a good chance the individual would inherit the gene and lose hair over time.

Today, discoveries in genetics indicate there isn’t any one gene responsible for hair loss.  There are a total of 287 genes connected to hair loss.

Male pattern baldness comes from chromosome X which is inherited from the mother. If more than one of your maternal uncles or grandfather are either bald or have a receding hairline you are likely prone to hair loss.

Fortunately there’s also a possibility that male pattern baldness could skip a generation and/or certain individuals in the same generation. The key is to observe the pattern in your maternal line, observe your own head of hair to determine whether you see signs of reduced hair production. If you do, start following approved medical treatments for hair loss.

The hormone connection

You can now get a DNA saliva test to see if you’re sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone – also known as DHT. This hormone is linked to testosterone. If you’re sensitive to DHT you’re prone to baldness.

Hair Loss Can Be Slowed, Prevented and Treated

Behaviors and personal habits have also been linked to an increased risk of hair loss.  Stress, smoking, taking creatine supplements, certain weight training exercises, the use of anabolic steroids, alcohol consumption, and even taking certain medications (antihypertensives, mood modulators) will weaken and thin your hair.

The right time for action is when you still have some hair. Take steps to  improve longevity and slow the balding process by correcting personal behaviors that weaken the hair follicles. Investigate good hair loss treatments and/or transplants. You’ll be glad you did.

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