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Can Problems With Circulation and Testosterone Cause Hair Loss in Men?
by April Maguire
By their mid-30's, more than 40% of men have a noticeable amount of hair loss, and by the time they reach their 50th birthday, that number jumps to more than 80%. Without question, the vast majority of this hair loss is due to a condition known as androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, but there are a number of contributing factors. In particular, circulation and testosterone can play big roles when it comes to hair loss.
For men who are experiencing hair loss, poor circulation may not be the first culprit that comes to mind, but circulation can play more of a role than you might think. As with any other part of your body, your hair needs proper nutrition in order to survive. Since our bodies are fairly intuitive, crucial systems, such as the heart, lungs and brain, tend to get these nutrients first. The hair, on the other hand, isn’t a vital system, so a loss of hair could be an early indication that your body is having a hard time circulating blood.
In particular, hair loss in the legs can be a sign of vascular disease. When your body is having a hard time circulating blood, the legs are usually affected since they’re a long way from your heart. With vascular disease, it’s common for the hair on your legs to lose access to vital nutrients and fall out. So if you’re losing hair, particularly in your extremities, then you may want to consult a doctor.
Hair loss and testosterone have a very complicated relationship. For years, it was thought that men would lose their hair because they didn’t have enough testosterone, but now doctors think that too much testosterone can cause hair loss. As it turns out, both of these beliefs are correct for certain types of hair loss.
Testosterone is a component of DHT, which is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and has been proven to destroy hair follicles. In recent years, DHT has been strongly linked to androgenic alopecia, so an excess of testosterone could result in an excess of DHT and lead to increased hair loss. Conversely, a lack of testosterone can correspond to a loss of hair on other parts of the body, specifically pubic hair.
Ultimately, a number of different, complicated factors can lead to hair loss. If you’re noticing that hair on any part of your body is starting to disappear, then you should consult your physician to talk about what could be causing it.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair loss and how to treat it, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!