* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Androgenic alopecia
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In addition to male-pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia in men has been associated with several other medical conditions including coronary heart disease and enlargement of the prostate. Additionally, prostate cancer, disorders of insulin resistance (such as diabetes and obesity), and high blood pressure (hypertension) have been related to androgenetic alopecia in men. In women, androgenetic alopecia is associated with an increased risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is characterized by a hormonal imbalance that can lead to irregular menstruation, acne, excess body hair (hirsutism), and weight gain.
Last updated: 8/19/2011
- Androgenetic alopecia. Genetics Home Reference. May 2006; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/androgenetic-alopecia. Accessed 8/19/2011.