If you are like 60% of the men in the world you will experience unwanted hair loss a you age. But this is not just a problem for the male half of the population. About 40% of the people who complain about hair thinning and balding are women. So, as you can see, this is a topic that is very important to a large segment of the population. Of the men who experience this problem, about 95% of them suffer from a genetic condition known as androgenic alopecia and the percentages of female sufferers is about the same.
That is not to say there is no hope for preventing hair loss just because you may have the genes passed down from your parents. It seems that this condition causes some hair follicles to be susceptible to early shedding but there are ways to interrupt that process. For men, the best early treatment is a drug known as Finasteride. This drug was originally developed to treat enlarged prostate problems but it was soon noticed that men in the trial group noticed a change in their hair loss situation also. The FDA has now approved this drug for the treatment of hair loss in men but it is not prescribed to women because of the possibilities of birth defects particularly in male babies.
Finasteride slows the production of a hormonal substance known as DHT which is the cause of hair follicle dormancy. Another drug, Minoxidil, protects the hair follicles from attack by the DHT and this drug is safe for both men and women. Unlike the first drug, which is taken orally in tablet form, Minoxidil is applied topically to the affected scalp area twice a day. For men the recommended dosage is a 5% solution and the female dosage is 2% but many women report better results by using the male concentration levels.
As with most medical problems, the key to hair loss prevention is to start your treatment regimen early at the first signs of excessive loss. The earlier you start the better the chances of combating this embarrassing condition.