Despite the genetic hair loss condition Male Pattern Baldness being one of the most common complaints in the world, there is little data pertaining to its geographical spread.
Now, however, a report claims to have categorised each nation by its prevalence of Male Pattern Baldness – and it’s not good news for the men of Europe. According to an article in the Daily Express, the study states that baldness is most common in the Czech Republic, where 42.79 per cent of men are bald, with most of Europe not far behind.
Following the Czech Republic is Spain at 42.6 per cent; Germany takes the bronze with 41.2 per cent, and then – with a rate of 39.24 per cent – France places fourth. The UK comes in fifth and is closely followed by the US and Italy.
According to the report, Chinese men are least likely to go bald, with Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea also scoring relatively lowly. This tallies with a widespread understanding among those who work in hair loss that the Asian hair type is generally less susceptible to thinning.
Canadian study cited
The information in the Express article comes from Quora, the popular website in which members of the public answer each other’s questions. While the author’s credentials don’t appear exactly impressive (he writes that he has “lived with doctors for years”), he does cite a study by the Canadian Physical Anthropologists as the source for his data. Their map, printed alongside the Quora article, shows a very high concentration of hair loss across Europe and the Middle East.
What is unknown, and potentially highly influential, is the origin of those affected by genetic hair loss in each area. For instance, if a man who was born in a country with a low rate of genetic hair loss moves to a country that has a high rate of male pattern baldness, will his environment increase his changes of hair loss? This is something that men who have moved to the UAE – an area known to have a high rate of hairloss despite it not ranking highly in the Quora study – have asked our specialists on a number of occasions after noticing an increase in shedding after their move.
“Whilst certain environmental and lifestyle factors, which may be more prevalent in one country or area than another, can certainly influence male pattern baldness, it is, at its core, a genetic condition,” explains senior Belgravia hair loss specialist, Leonora Doclis. “Whether or not you develop androgenetic alopecia is down to your DNA and whether your so-called ‘balding gene’ is active or not, but a study looking into the rates of hair loss in these countries in comparison to – for instance – number of smokers, national dietary and working habits, to establish the potential for stress, would certainly make for extremely interesting reading.”
Is baldness sexy?
The article offers up some consolation for balding men by finishing off with a recap of some studies performed by Albert Mannes, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, from a few years ago. While most men feel that Male Pattern Baldness is a sign that they are losing their youthful looks, Mannes claimed the opposite was true after a study in which he showed people ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of men with a full head of hair, whose locks had been digitally removed in the latter set.
Participants in that study actually stated that the bald versions of the men appeared more masculine and dominant. Taller, too. To test this theory, the Express ran a poll asking readers what they thought about bald men. Thirty-seven per cent of voters said that they found bald heads sexy, while 28 per cent said they didn’t. The rest expressed no preference.
Not all men would be happy to take these findings to heart, however, and many seek out a tailored male hair loss treatment course to try and correct or prevent nature’s “little game”. Treatment usually involves a multi-pronged attack featuring finasteride 1mg and minoxidil often combined with various hair growth boosters, from food supplements to handheld LLLT devices (low level laser therapy) such as the LaserComb.
These cornerstone medications are the only two clinically-proven pharmaceutical treatments shown to help inhibit the testosterone by-product that causes the gradually thinning hair and/or receding hairlines associated with MPB, and also encourage regrowth. At Belgravia we have used this approach to significant effect for over 25 years and examples of the types of results it can produce are documented in our ever-increasing gallery of Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories, which features photos of patients before and after starting their personalised treatment courses.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.