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10 Facts & Stats About Hair Loss

Handsome man concerned about hair loss

A multitude of factors can influence whether you’ll have a thick mop of hair throughout your life or if you’ll experience hair thinning right on time, or much earlier than expected. Here are 10 top facts and statistics about hair loss – a few of which may surprise you.

  1. On average, the human scalp has anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles, which fall out at a rate of roughly 100 hairs each day. As we age, hair begins to grow at a slower rate. So, even if you’re losing hair at the average rate, it takes longer for new hairs to appear, which can contribute to the appearance of thinning or bald spots.
  1. According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men will begin to see their locks lose some of their luster by age 35. By 50, upward of 85 percent of men will have experienced a significant amount of thinning.
  1. Some men, however, experience male pattern baldness much earlier than expected. Some 25 percent of men see the first signs of hair thinning before age 21.
  1. Hair thinning also affects the fairer sex. In fact, an estimated 40 percent of hair loss patients are female. By age 50, roughly half of all women will deal with some degree of pattern hair loss.
  1. Surprisingly to some, children also can be affected. Approximately three percent of all pediatric doctor visits made each year are connected to hair loss-related issues in children, including thinning and bald spots. Causes can be as simple as wearing hair in a ponytail too tightly or more serious, such as fungal infections of the scalp or alopecia.
  1. We know you love your mother, but she may be to blame for your risk of baldness. While both Mom’s and Dad’s genes play a part in the fate of your hairline, it’s maternal DNA that has the strongest influence. Overall, it’s estimated that approximately 30 million women and as many as 50 million men experience hair loss as a direct result of their genetic make-up.
  1. Stress and anxiety also can play a role. In the most severe cases, this involves a psychiatric disorder called trichotillomania. Sufferers feel a compulsive urge to pull hair out from the scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body – often a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, up to four percent of the population is affected by trichotillomania, with women developing it at nearly double the rate of men.
  1. Hair loss can actually be a red flag, signaling any of a myriad of underlying health issues. Research has linked hair loss to prostate conditions in men. And in one study, baldness was linked to a 70 percent higher risk of developing heart disease.
  1. Ethnicity can influence your rate of hair growth. On average, human hair grows about six inches per year. But a University of Michigan study found that among women, those of Asian descent saw their hair grow the fastest while women with African heritage experienced the slowest growth.
  1. A great head of hair trumps even money to many. In one survey, 43.2 percent of respondents said that they’d take thicker, fuller hair over cash any day. Another 73 percent said they’d trade a treasured personal possession to have more hair.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, Metropolitan Dermatology can help. Visit our Clark, Kearney, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island location today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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