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Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss usually is genetic. If your parents had thinning hair, you have a 95 percent likelihood of experiencing thinning hair or baldness. Certain medications or medical conditions may also cause hair loss.

Although the exact causes are unknown, heredity, hormones and age are contributing factors for the most common type of hair loss, called male pattern and female pattern baldness. In males, this form of hair loss is influenced by sex hormones called androgens, principally testosterone.

Androgens also are present at low levels in women, making them susceptible to female pattern baldness. Contrary to the popular belief that baldness is inherited from the maternal side of the family, it is believed the condition depends on genes contributed by both parents.

Other Causes of Hair Loss
Hair loss also may be caused by a variety of factors including medications, cancer treatment drugs, childbirth, birth control pills, stress, nutritional deficiencies or infections. Contact your physician for diagnosis and treatment.


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