No Link Between Testosterone Levels and Male Pattern Baldness

A recent study failed to find a link between testosterone levels and male pattern baldness:

A cross-sectional population study conducted in Northeastern Germany examined 373 men from the general population who had not received prescribed drugs in the past 7 days. Blood sampled were taken from each participant and a panel of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry measurements were conducted and analyzed to determine the serum concentration of sex hormones. In addition, dermatologist examined each participant and assessed general hair loss (yes or no).
The analysis revealed no significant relationship between general hair loss and testosterone levels in men from the general population. When men with and without general hair loss were compared, there was no observable difference in androgen concentrations. With regards to androgenic alopecia and premature balding, these findings were consistent with previous studies that consisted of smaller sample sizes and selected participants.

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Johnboy12

Well that’s good to know! Thanks

AbsoluteZ3R0

As far as I know, most of the studies indicate that male pattern baldness is actually associated with lower testosterone levels than men without it. Hypothetically, it could be that men who produce more DHT metabolize more of their testosterone, although I am skeptical of DHT’s role in MPB anyway. Of course, like prostate cancer, the great irony is that most men don’t lose their hair when their testosterone levels are highest (late teens, 20s), the majority start to lose hair as they age, and their t-levels begin to decline. Paradoxically, my scalp hair has thickened over the past 3… Read more »

Saxon

It’s DHT: DHT is the cause of Male Pattern Baldness. “The role of androgen in male pattern hair loss is well established. American anatomist James Hamilton observed that castrated males did not develop MAA unless they were supplemented with testosterone (50). Measurements of serum androgens, testosterone, dihydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEA), and free testosterone levels have failed to demonstrate a reproducible difference between cases and controls (51). A study that assessed different hormonal levels in MAA and age-matched controls measured elevated levels of cortisol and androstenedione in those experiencing MAA (52). This study further suggests a broad range of hormones may influence… Read more »