21/10/2014 05:50 BST | Updated 21/10/2014 05:59 BST

Suffering From Hair Loss? This Is Why Men Go Bald...

An estimated 6.5 million men in the UK experience male pattern baldness - but why?

In the video, Tara Long explains that male hair loss is down usually down to either genetics or hormones.

Over time, the 5% of a man’s testosterone hormones break down and become dihydrotestosterone (DHT) instead. Increased levels of DHT can cause the hair follicles to get smaller in some men as they age.

But most men - especially those whose hairline recedes at a young age - experience hair loss because it’s inherited via their genes. Recent findings have shown there will usually be a history of hair loss on both the mother and father’s side of the family if a man starts to lose his locks prematurely.

While some men aren’t bothered about losing their hair, others suffer great emotional distress, most commonly due to a lack of self-esteem.

But there’s no need to panic just yet if your father and grandfather were both bald by the time they hit 30 - lifestyle habits also seriously affect how long you will keep your hair for.

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Eating a balanced diet, not smoking, getting enough sleep and trying to eliminate stress in your life can all help you to keep your luscious locks for longer.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember about baldness is that it shouldn’t be something to be embarrassed about.

The fact that hair loss is passed down through generations has led researchers to believe it may be evolutionary advantages. Instead of seeing hair loss as something to cover up, why not view it as a sign you’ve reached physical and social maturity.


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