The Genetics of Androgenetic Alopecia in Men: Who’s to Blame for your Balding, Mum or Dad?
Sorry, but the answer is both.
While baldness in men has been attributed to their mothers for quite some time now, baldness can, in fact, be inherited from both sides of the families.
There has been a fallacy that male baldness is solely inherited from their mother’s side because the genes for the condition are found on the X or female chromosomes that men inherited from their mums. This hypothesis is true but may have been misinterpreted, hence, becoming fallacious.
What the studies on the matter really state is that many of the genes responsible for baldness came from the mother – the majority, but not all, not “solely.”
A study – which became the largest genetic analysis of male pattern baldness to date – published February 14, 2017, in the journal PLOS Genetics says:
“We identified hundreds of new genetic signals. It was interesting to find that many of the genetics signals for male pattern baldness came from the X chromosome, which men inherit from their mothers.”
This means there are still genes from the father that can be responsible for why men can have androgenetic alopecia.
In fact, a study published in 2016, states that androgenic alopecia is caused by many genes:
“To date, molecular genetic studies have implicated 12 genomic regions in AGA and identified a number of candidate genes.”
So, androgenetic alopecia can be inherited from either parent. It is just that the dominant genes responsible for it are from the mothers.
This could only mean that there is no escaping from baldness, particularly if one has relatives who are bald from both sides of the family.
Male Pattern Baldness Care and Treatment
There are many medically approved treatments for male pattern baldness but laser technology emerges as more recommendable compared to others. For one, the technology underwent comprehensive review and received approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
One product that passed the FDA’s rigid testing is HairMax.
HairMax specialises in LLLT and in fact, is the leader in the laser hair growth technology. Their laser devices have all been cleared by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for use by both men and women.
There are other FDA approved hair loss treatments out in the market. One is for topical application (minoxidil) and the other is taken orally (finasteride). Both are drug treatments which reported some adverse side effects.
The topical solution reportedly has a burning and stinging effect. In extreme cases, it causes redness on the portion of the scalp where it was applied.
The oral medicine reportedly causes loss of interest in sex and impotence.
Unlike these medicines, laser treatments come with no serious side effects and it is convenient to use. The HairMax Laserband 82, for example, can be used for as little as 90 seconds. It has also one of the few at home laser treatments to be TGA approved in Australia.
When To Start The Treatment?
The sooner the treatment starts, the better. This is because once the hair follicles have died, they can no longer grow hair in spite of laser stimulation.
HairMax laser treatments can both reverse baldness and may also help prevent further hair loss.