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Can Donald Trump's Sons Inherit Their Father's Hair Loss? According To Experts, The Answer Is Not So Obvious

Date July 20, 2018 14:21

Although there are so many handsome bald men, becoming one of them is still arguably the biggest fear of almost every guy. Donald Trump is no exception to this. Moreover, according to him during the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Trump actually works really hard to cover his balding spot.

According to Donald Trump’s doctor, Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump is indeed taking Propecia, a drug that slows down the effect of androgenetic alopecia. So, the question is can his sons inherit the dad’s hair issue?

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Genetics of male-pattern baldness

Androgenetic alopecia or simply male-pattern baldness is still understood very poorly. Due to the importance of hair thermoregulation in mammals, the nature of it is reasonably very complex. Different studies show that androgenetic alopecia is indeed a highly heritable condition.

Androgen receptor is one of the genes responsible for the baldness and is located on the X-chromosome, which inherits from the mother. This receptor determines how susceptible your hair follicles are to androgen hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). However, studies show that more than this one gene is involved in androgenetic alopecia. Therefore, it would be unreasonable to blame the mother’s bald father. Basically, any abnormal levels of testosterone and DHT in the blood caused by other condition can trigger alopecia.

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Non-genetic factor

Another huge reason for male-pattern baldness is an environmental factor. Unfortunately, today’s environment is not very beneficial not only for your health in general but also for your hair in particular. For instance, some specific chemicals in your shampoo can damage your hair and even lead to baldness.

Can Trump's boys lose hair? Yes, they can.

Basically, with all of the above being said, Trump’s boys can inherit baldness from either side of the family. Moreover, some may develop the condition over time by using the wrong shampoo. Some conditions that affect DHT levels in the blood may also contribute to baldness and make them take Propecia as their father does. Unfortunately, any man can develop this condition.

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Let’s look at the “men’s biggest fear” from the other perspective. If by any means bald men were repulsive for women, this genotype would already have been weeded out from the human gene pool. Bald men can also be attractive!

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