The Hair loss it is a cause of concern for Spaniards, especially the youngest ones, who observe their relatives (especially their father) in search of signs that reveal if they are susceptible to suffering alopecia in the future. However, the characteristics of the hair of close relatives, such as parents or grandparents, is not the only aspect to consider, since common baldness has a multigenic origin, and the variations that appear in the androgen receptor gene may be latent. , not manifest for generations, or occur without respite.
A genetic test carried out by the capillary health company Svenson, with the participation of more than 1,000 people from all over Spain, reveals that 60 percent of those over 18 years of age have a high risk of developing androgenetic alopecia. The 'HairDX' test, which consists of performing a mere 'oral swab' to extract samples of DNA, it gathers genetic information from both parents, so it is very reliable.
Specifically, the study found that 89 percent of Spanish men, and up to 16 percent of women, have a high risk of developing common baldness. By community, the greatest chances of becoming bald are in Castilla-León, where the risk reaches a percentage of 33 percent among women, and includes almost all men. At the opposite extreme, Galician men are the least prone to alopecia.
In men who tested positive for the G variant of the gene associated with common baldness, the chances of developing this type of alopecia exceed 70 percent. In women, the test is used to determine the CAG index. The higher the referred CAP index, the risk of losing hair is minimal. On the other hand, those with a lower CAP index have a 97.7 percent chance of suffering from alopecia.
It is better to prevent hair loss
The main advantage of 'HairDX' is that it can detect precociously the predisposition of a person to develop common baldness, even before the first signs of hair loss appear, as explained by the medical director of Svenson, Dr. Víctor Salagaray.
According to Dr. Aurora Guerra, President of the Dermatology Society of the Community of Madrid, and Head of Dermatology Section of the University Hospital on October 12, it is common for the diagnosis of common baldness to be made when the condition is in a phase advanced, which hurts the patient because those that are used when the table is evolved are less effective. The expert says that you can keep the hair or even recover it, if the treatment is established soon, but once the hair has atrophied is comparable to a dead plant, which no longer revives although we reguemos.