Male pattern hair loss can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose male pattern hair loss, we could:
|Cerebral Gland Dysfunction||29%||Unlikely|
|Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences||0%||Ruled out|
|Mercury Toxicity||0%||Ruled out|
|Candida / Yeast||0%||Ruled out|
|Drug Side-Effects||0%||Ruled out|
Do you have male pattern hair loss? Male pattern hair loss is a common condition in which men - and sometimes women - experience a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head.
Possible responses:→ No / don't know
→ Mildly / frontal loss only
→ Moderately / partial loss on top only
→ Moderately / complete loss on top only
→ Severely / nearly or totally bald
A Harvard study found that male-pattern baldness may be a marker for increased risk of coronary heart disease. Severe hair loss on the top of head resulted in a 36% increased risk. The risk became lower with less hair loss. [Archives of Internal Medicine, Jan. 24, 2001]
Mineral metabolism of 19 patients with hair loss was examined. Eighteen of those patients showed considerable problems with calcium absorption. Specific nutritional and mineral therapy resulted in improved hair growth after 2-3 months of treatment. [Blaurock-Busch, E. Wichtige Nahrstoffe fur Gesunde Haut und Haare, Kosmetik Internat. 3/87]
Essential fatty acid deficiency can results in dry, brittle hair and hair thinning or loss.
Hair loss is a common side-effect of low-carb diets. A study funded by Dr. Atkins himself found that about 10% suffered from hair loss. The precise cause is unknown at the time of writing: it may be due to basic malnutrition, or, as one of our doctors notes, "I've seen this over and over again in my practice. Basically, this diet can cause your cortisol levels to go sky high, which will lead to hair loss. Ideally, you should change your diet to help solve this problem."
Any condition that upsets the adrenal or pituitary gland may result in hair loss.
In rare cases, diffuse hair loss may be the only symptom of hypothyroidism, but in many people with hypothyroidism the hair is not affected. Once thyroid hormone is administered, regrowth of hair occurs in approximately 2 months.
Iron deficiency anemia can in some cases contribute to hair loss.
Alopecia occurs in 50% of patients. Typically manifested as reversible hair thinning during periods of disease activity, it is demonstrated by the ease with which hair can be plucked from the scalp and the development of "lupus hairs" (i.e. short strands at the scalp line). Following an acute attack of SLE, usually with fever, patients may experience much generalized hair loss. This results from a period of arrested hair growth during the acute episode.
Mineral metabolism of 19 patients with hair loss was examined. The analysis showed manganese deficiency in all 19. Specific nutritional and mineral therapy resulted in improved hair growth after 2-3 months of treatment. [Blaurock-Busch, E. Wichtige Nahrstoffe fur Gesunde Haut und Haare, Kosmetik Internat. 3/87]
Mercury toxicity can cause hair loss.
Vitamin A toxicity symptoms include skin that has a rough and dry appearance, hair loss and brittle nails.
Candida can cause hair shedding in male or female patients. The exact mechanism is unclear because there are so many possible pathways. The three most likely pathways are thyroid dysfunction, allergies and enzyme suppression.