Hormone imbalances may be a contributing cause to male hair loss.
Men experiencing Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenenic alopecia) may have higher levels of DHT (a byproduct of testosterone breakdown). DHT has been shown to shrink hair follicles which makes it hard for healthy hair to survive. Male pattern baldness has a distinctive shape. The front hairline recedes especially at the sides forming an M shape. It also affects the crown of the head. It’s strange that hair in other areas of the body reacts differently to hormonal changes. For example facial hair growth can improve while other areas become bald.
DHT has been shown to shrink hair follicles
Bloodwork that naturopaths typically order when investigating male hair loss includes:
Testosterone (free and total) there are 2 testosterone markers. Free testosterone isn’t bound to any proteins. This is a more active form of testosterone. Meaning we can use it more easily.
DHT (this is more potent form of testosterone, its 5x stronger) Mainly used in the body by the prostate, hair follicles and skin.
SHBG most testosterone is bound to this protein and it makes it inactive. LOW SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) means you have more active testosterone, it’s almost like saying you have more testosterone. When SHBG it’s almost like your testosterone is low because it’s bound up and inactive.
Estrogen (we can see if you have more of this hormone which is typically higher in women). Other symptoms of males with high estrogen would be gynecomastia (development of breast tissue).
TSH we would also look at your thyroid markers. Thyroid function plays a role in hair growth. When the thyroid is off we often feel tired, gain weight and one of the indications of an under functioning thyroid would be hair thinning especially on the lateral edges of your eyebrows.
Hair loss is very distressing for people.
Explore your options for hair growth support by starting with some hormone bloodwork.