In today’s times it is increasingly common to find young men and women balding from their teenage days.
These people are diagnosed to have hereditary baldness. However a look at their family history often reveals that their parent suffered from baldness only in their late 50’s or 60’s. Then why is it that people are now losing hair so early in life?
The research below can answer this question.
In a research carried out at The University of London, scientists found that certain pollutants in the air affect the hair protein called keratin, thus hampering the process of hair growth. In the study, samples of hair follicles were removed from the scalp of people staying in different areas. The samples removed from more polluted areas showed higher degrees of “oxidative stress”, a process known to cause damage to follicular hair growth. This clearly shows that heredity alone does not play a role here. Environmental factors like change of water, stress, pollution, exposures to toxins etc play a role in hastening up baldness.
These studies have confirmed the belief and now put the entire phenomena of early hair loss or premature baldness in more concrete terms. They have helped change the treatment approach as well. So far there has been an excessive hype, mostly driven by pharmaceutical companies on heredity or genetics being the sole cause of hair loss. Most patients continue to lose hair in spite of taking the medicines which deal with hereditary hair loss. This research has now explained why, and thereby has also removed the unnecessary emphasis that was placed on heredity or genetics. Instead a more wholesome approach where both genetics and environmental factors are taken into consideration helps in much better long term control of hair loss, and also allows the patient to be less dependent on medication.
Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.