Men's Health Friday November 9, 2012

Most men seek treatment for hair loss before they turn 35

Young man losing hair

We have been helping treat male pattern baldness for more than 10 years, but this month we wanted to see if there were any patterns in the age of when men came to us for treatment. Looking at the prescriptions we have dispensed over the last year (more than 8,000 in the UK), we have noticed a distinct trend for younger men coming to us to seek help.

In fact, more than 57 per cent of patients we helped last year were under the age of 35, knocking any notion that baldness is a condition for the elderly. But the flip side to this is that older men are almost ‘giving up’ on finding a solution to their hair loss, despite a wealth of treatments being available.

The causes of hair Loss

There are many causes for male hair loss, with the most common being male pattern baldness. This is defined by the thinning of the hair, which loosens on the scalp and eventually falls out permanently. For most men, this is caused by a hereditary genetics.

However, like all conditions, there is no hard and fast rule on why you may be affected. Hair loss can be caused by a range of factors including:

  • Ageing
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Illness and infectious diseases
  • Nervous disorders
  • Toxic substances
  • Injury and impairment

This is why it is important to consult a trusted health professional or online clinic to find what is the best treatment for you.

Why are younger men seeking treatment?

Losing hair at a young age is not a new phenomena; in fact the NHS suggests that up to 25 per cent of men lose their hair by the age of 30, but it has been the wave of young celebrities, such as Wayne Rooney, that have made men aware that there are treatments available. Younger men, in general, are also becoming more health conscious and are now more likely to seek advice for medical issues. Just like women too, they are keen to stem the ageing process wherever possible, and see hair loss as sign of increased ageing.

However, just as more younger men are seeking hair loss treatment, those over 35 seem as if they are ‘giving up’ on finding a solution for their hair loss and therefore don’t bother to consult medical advice. Our data shows that only 36 per cent of men between the ages of 36 – 53 are seeking hair loss advice. The numbers plummet even further for men over the age of 55.

However, treatment can be sought at any time and if you’re worried about thinning hair or hair loss, there are a range of treatments available. For further information visit our hair loss advice page: /hair-loss
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