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Health and Care Workers Top the List for Hair Loss Risk, Experts Say

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A new study has revealed that doctors top the list as being the most prone to hair loss compared to other professions due to stress.

According to data from the Health and Safety Executive, health workers experience the highest levels of stress at work, with stress rates reportedly 7% higher than those of public defence workers.

And with hair loss being a direct cause of stress, the health industry is, therefore, most at risk of androgenetic alopecia.

A study from Leeds University** found that 81% of junior doctors referred to their work as extremely or very stressful, and many reported that this directly led to hair loss.

With this in mind, Dr Balwi, the leading hair surgeon at Elithair, has shared his insights on androgenetic alopecia, the symptoms, and treatments, as well as his tips for managing stress-related hair loss.

What are the signs of androgenic alopecia?

This specific type of hair loss manifests distinctly on the scalp. Furthermore, the way this condition presents itself between genders is highly remarkable. Generally, the following symptoms can be observed:.

  • Formation of a receding hairline
  • Formation of a bald spot at the back of the head
  • Final formation of a hair crown in the lower back of the head and temples

Hair loss due to androgenic alopecia occurs when hair follicles in sensitive areas shrink and thin over time, eventually falling out and not regrowing.

In men, the hairline begins to recede and takes the shape of an “M”. The area at the back of the head also starts to thin and expand over time. One of the final stages results in a U-shaped hairline on the sides of the head.

What causes androgenetic alopecia?

Androgenetic alopecia is primarily caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is produced from a male hormone, testosterone. In men, the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase is particularly active in the hair follicles of the temples and the back of the head. This enzyme converts testosterone into DHT.

DHT affects hair follicles, making them smaller and weaker. As a result, hair falls out and does not regrow. In addition to genetic predisposition, there are other factors that can promote androgenic alopecia, including:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Medications

How can you manage androgenetic alopecia?

Hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia is a problem that affects both men and women. Since it is often a genetic, hormonal, or lifestyle-related condition, affected individuals may believe their case is incurable, but this is not the case.

In addition to the treatment options mentioned above, there are other practical and accessible tips for dealing with the condition:

  • Accept your hair loss. It is important to acknowledge that hair loss is a first step in a natural process that affects many people. By accepting the situation, you can begin to find ways to manage it.
  • Consult a professional. If you are concerned about your hair loss, speak to a doctor or dermatologist. They will provide you with information about the causes and treatments for hair loss.
  • Look for support groups. There are many support groups for people with androgenetic alopecia. These groups can provide you with emotional support and information about the condition.

How can you manage stress?

Stress is a very common condition in the UK, with 1 in 14 adults feeling stressed each day. Work is the most common cause of stress, with 79% of respondents saying they experienced work-related stress. Stress is natural and not a problem on its own, but if left untreated, it can cause more serious health issues. If you are experiencing stress, the following can help you cope with it:

  • Speaking to your GP
  • Speaking to your manager or HR for help with work-related stress
  • Counselling
  • Mindfulness
  • Medication

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