While researchers continue to search for the cause and cure to male pattern baldness, a new study suggests that gravity could be the reason for the condition that affects almost all men as they enter middle age.
Researchers led by Dr Emin Tuncay Ustuner from Ankara, Turkey, said that gravity exerts a force of downward pull on the scalp skin which could be responsible for male pattern baldness, also known as androgenic alopecia (AGA).
AdvertisementDr Ustuner's theory attempts to solve the puzzle of high levels of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the balding areas of the scalp.
Dr Ustuner said that while the scalp has sufficient amounts of fat tissue under the skin during youth, the skin and underlying or subcutaneous fat become thinner as a person ages, increasing the pressure on the hair follicles and as they strive against higher pressure, the follicles require higher levels of testosterone which in turn leads to further erosion of the subcutaneous fat.
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