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For a teen, what causes baldness?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There’s an old myth that guys inherit baldness from their mother’s father--if he’s bald, you’re doomed (domed?). But the truth is that baldness comes from both parents. While it’s typically something that happens as you get older, sometimes hair can start thinning as early as high school.

Male-pattern baldness occurs when testosterone is converted to another chemical, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair follicles to stop producing hair. But hair can also start thinning because of poor nutrition or eating disorders, so you’ll want to try straightening out your diet first.
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