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How does living a healthy lifestyle play a role in baldness? E-mail
I know that most balding men and women are pretty set in their belief that genetics is the primary cause of hair loss.  But are there other contributors to male or female pattern baldness?  How does living a healthy lifestyle play a role in baldness? Examples of what I am referring to include: smoking, exercises, stress, and nutrition.

Living a healthy lifestyle is important for a number of reasons. It is true that lack of a proper nutrition, an unhealthy diet, and tremendous stress can have an impact on our overall health and appearance.. In other words, there is a lot of truth to the fact that taking care of your inside will certainly reflect on the outside, including preventing certain types of hair loss.

But it is extremely important to differentiate typical male pattern baldness (MPB) and female pattern baldness (FPB) from these other types of hair loss. Though living a healthy lifestyle is important, genetics is the culprit for Androgenetic Alopecia (hereditary hair loss).

Other types of hair loss include but are not limited to diffuse alopecia (of which the most common type is telogen effluvium), traction alopecia, and alopecia arreata. The causes of baldness related to these conditions are caused by many potential factors other than dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone responsible for genetic hair loss. Sometimes even, it is possible for a balding male or female suffering from hair loss to be susceptible to multiple types of hair loss. Diagnosing the cause of your hair loss becomes an important preliminary step in order to propose a possible hair loss solution. Diagnosing the cause of your hair loss condition can be performed by a qualified dermatologist or hair restoration specialist.

Differentiating between the varying types and causes of hair loss is important for this discussion because many will see "hair loss" in a single category. Clearly this is not the case. Therefore, allow me to make a logical argument as to why the factors you mentioned above are not the cause of genetic hair loss.

If the factors you mentioned (smoking, stress, nutrition, and exercise) were the primary cause of genetic hair loss than mostly everybody would be bald - male and female!  We'd have a hard time explaining why many overweight smokers still have a full head of hair while many perfectly fit nutritionists who take care of the insides of their bodies have no hair.  The data is simply inconsistent.   Additionally, one would have to address why balding men and women do not lose the hair on the sides and back of their head. Of course, if the hair on the sides and back of the head were susceptible to hair loss, hair transplantation wouldn't be a viable hair restoration solution. Transplanted hair simply wouldn't be permanent
 
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