Androgenic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness Linked to Health Problems; Maternal Gene not the only Culprit for Baldness

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Mar 15, 2017 07:39 AM EDT

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People have been fed with myths and archaic beliefs with regards to men baldness. However, a number of studies have shown that androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness is linked to health problems for men. Scientists have also debunked the idea that baldness is caused by maternal genetics.

According to Medical Daily, people believe that androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness are hereditary and usually passed down from through the maternal gene. It is not difficult to make this common misconception since the X chromosome from men's mother is a major gene identifier for baldness.

Researchers, however, suggest that the maternal gene is not the only factor for identifying androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. Scientists imply that men with bald fathers have a higher chance of going bald than men whose fathers have a full set of hair.

The researchers further confirm that if any member of the men's family suffers from androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness, then it is almost certain that he would likely suffer the same fate. However, a number of studies have shown a link between male pattern baldness and health problems for men.

Studies have linked male pattern baldness to an increased occurrence of heart problems, hypertension, and high levels of cholesterol. Another research suggests that the risk of heart attack increases with respect to increasing baldness on the crown of the men head.

While these studies show that there is a link between baldness and heart health, the reason behind them is still unclear. However, experts advise men with androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness to be conscious about their blood pressure, cholesterol or heart.

There's more truth to the phrase that "a women's hair is her crowning glory" than people care to admit. While hair topics are usually for women, the human male species also worry about theirs and it usually has to do with confidence. Going bald at such an early is just plain embarrassing for some men.

Now that some light has been shed regarding androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness, people can stop blaming the maternal gene. Instead of worrying about androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness in front of the mirror, people going bald at an early age should just see their doctors and ask if their baldness is a precursor, or is already linked to possible health problems.

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