Hair Loss and Low Testosterone – What’s the Connection?
If you’re a man who’s concerned about hair loss, there are many possible causes you should consider — including low testosterone levels. Here’s what you need to know about how testosterone affects hair growth and how to combat it.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone that plays an important role in male health, impacting everything from libido to energy levels to muscle mass. While it isn’t the only factor that can cause hair loss, it does play a significant role.
How Does Testosterone Affect Hair Growth?
When testosterone levels are low, your body produces higher amounts of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a byproduct of testosterone that binds to receptors in the scalp and follicles, causing them to shrink until they eventually stop producing hair altogether. This type of hair loss is known as male pattern baldness — and unfortunately, it tends to be genetic.
If you suspect your testosterone levels may be too low, you should consult with one of our licensed providers. Symptoms of low testosterone may include hair loss, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, dry skin, and decreased libido. Additionally, we can order a blood test to measure your testosterone levels for an accurate diagnosis.
Once we know that low testosterone is contributing to your hair loss, there are several steps you can take to counteract its effects. One option is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), TRT works wonders for men suffering from low testosterone. Through medical intervention, doctors can restore the essential hormone balance in males experiencing symptoms of deficiency – think increased alertness and energy levels, stronger muscle mass and improved sexual function! As if that weren’t enough, TRT can also have a positive effect on hair loss. Talk about an all-in-one solution!
If you’re struggling with hair loss, it may be worth looking into your testosterone levels. While there are many possible causes, low testosterone can play a significant role in male pattern baldness. If you think your levels might be low, take a lab test to check your testosterone levels, then talk to one of our specialists about possible treatment.
In the meantime, avoid any activities that could further lower your testosterone levels — like smoking or excessive alcohol consumption — and try to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to support optimal hormone health.