Age When Significant Hair Loss Started

What Causes Early Hair Loss?

Early hair loss can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose early hair loss, we could:

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  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "early hair loss" as a symptom.  For example, elevated insulin levels.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very early puberty onset
high diastolic blood pressure
high systolic blood pressure
apple-shaped body when overweight
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of early hair loss.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Hair-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about age when significant hair loss started:
If you suffer from male pattern hair loss (balding), at approximately what age did it start progressing significantly?
Possible responses:
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ 25 or under
→ 26 to 35
→ 36 to 45
→ Over 45
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either early male pattern baldness or delayed onset male pattern baldness, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Elevated Insulin Levels.  Although early baldness on the top of the head may be a non-modifiable risk factor for heart disease, it may serve as a useful clinical marker to identify men at increased risk of insulin problems and cardiac risk who would benefit from more detailed screening and lifestyle, dietary, nutritional and other interventive therapies.  [Lancet September 30, 2000; 356: pp.1165-1166]
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