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What is the Prevalence of Male Pattern Baldness Around the World?

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Male pattern baldness is a common condition located throughout the world. However, incidence rates for the development of male pattern baldness changes based on the genetic background of the particular culture.

Male Pattern Baldness: The Genetic Link

Male pattern baldness is most commonly caused by the combination of genetic inheritance factors and the presence of certain hormones. While environmental factors are proposed to factor in the incidence rates of male pattern baldness, these factors are limited. Male pattern baldness is an inherited genetic trait. It is theorized to have inherited components from both parents, but is primarily passed from mother to son, as it has been correlated to be a chromosomal X linked condition. Genetics are also responsible for a certain susceptibility to the hormone DHT (dihydroxytestosterone). DHT is a hormone that is capable of reducing the overall size of the hair follicle, inhibiting or preventing hair growth. However, the mechanism by which DHT creates this follicle miniaturization is not well understood.

How Common is Male Pattern Baldness in America?

Male pattern baldness accounts for a minimum of 95% of all reported cases of alopecia (hair loss) in American men. It is estimated that by the age of 35, approximately 70% of all American men will have some experience with some degree of hair loss. It is also estimated that by the age of 50, approximately 85% of all American men will have some significant amount of hair loss. It should also be noted, that approximately 25% of American men will begin the process of hair loss before the age of 21. It is estimated that currently in the United States 35 million men have some degree of male pattern baldness.

Male Pattern Baldness: Around the World

The effects of male pattern baldness can be seen around the world. Male pattern baldness is a genetically inherited condition. Due to that fact, male pattern baldness can be located in all countries and cultures worldwide. There are no exact percentages available for the comparison of rates of exact countries or ethnicities in comparison to those of the United States. However, it is expected that the numbers are closely related due to the fact of genetic inheritance.

Male Pattern Baldness, Psychological Effects, and Culture

The culture is often responsible for the psychological effects of male pattern baldness. It is common for individuals to adapt and become comfortable with the presence of male pattern baldness. However, the development can be responsible for development of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, and social phobias. Depending on the culture and environment, the reactions to the development of male pattern baldness vary. There is no cure for male pattern baldness. However, there are certain treatments available that slow the progression of hair loss and can even stimulate the process of hair growth. It is also important to remember that baldness is not associated with any other medical conditions. There is no way to prevent male pattern baldness, and results are often permanent. Learn to love your body as is in addition to seeking treatment. There is more to you as an individual than just your hair.

Sources: http://www.healthsciencenews.com/index.php/2007/12/23/male_pattern_baldness

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-introduction-mens

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