Lifestyle changes you can make to avoid going bald

Disturbing as it may be, going bald is a reality for many men. Here are a few tips to slow the process. (Think …According to Realage.com, about one-third of men have started to lose hair by the time they're 45.

It may start with a bit of thinning at the temples or the crown of your head. For some men, a glance at their fathers or grandfathers provides little reassurance. After all, male pattern baldness is a hereditary trait. Though aside from genes, hormonal changes and age play a role in hair loss.

But beyond those usual culprits, there are a number of ways men speed up the process of losing their locks.

Recent studies suggest that what you eat may have something to do with your total hair-count.

Details magazine points out that three recent studies echoed the findings of a study that came out of Finland in the year 2000.

"Men with insulin resistance, a condition that leads to diabetes and obesity and is linked to heart disease, were much more likely to be bald. The most common causes of insulin resistance? A diet laden with sugar and refined carbohydrates."

In an article looking at the myths surrounding baldness, U.S. News warns that stress and dramatic changes in weight loss or gain "can also contribute to the likelihood of hair loss."

U.S. News discredits a number of long-standing myths about hair loss, including the blame-game people play with hair-styling products. While adding gel to your 'do won't have a real effect on how many follicles you'll have down the line, teasing hair can speed up hair loss.

Other kinds of primping that have a negative effect? According to Ask Men, guys who frequently tie their hair back in ponytails or wear it in cornrows or tight braids are at risk of developing traction alopecia -- a gradual hair loss that mostly occurs at the hairline.

Many high-profile men have embraced the low-maintenance look (think Bruce Willis and Sean Connery). In fact, numerous studies link hair-free heads to power. A study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science looked at perceptions of bald men and the simple act of shaving a head tended to boost men's "perceived dominance and competence."

Proof that being bald is not so bad.

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