20 Oct Role of Hormones In Hair Loss
Hormones are biochemical products produced by various glands located throughout the body. These glands release hormones directly into the bloodstream, spreading the chemicals throughout the body.
Testosterone, the major male sex hormone, and other hormones that have masculinizing effects are made primarily in the testicles. When testicles develop and enlarge during puberty, hormones reach a level in the bloodstream which is sufficient to commence the balding process.
The adrenal glands, located above each kidney in both men and women also produce androgenic hormones. In females, the ovaries are an additional source of hormones that can affect hair growth.
Role of Age In Hair Loss
It is true that genes and hormones are not sufficient on their own to cause baldness. When a person has reached puberty, susceptible hair follicles must continually be exposed to DHT hormone over time for hair loss to happen.
The age at which these effects manifest varies from person to person and is related to an individual’s genetic composition, the testosterone level in the bloodstream, and the follicular sensitivity to the hormone.