Men with male pattern baldness, which is commonly known as androgenic alopecia, frequently have odd hormone levels when compared to people who do not suffer from this type of hair loss. Overall testosterone levels are usually lower in these men, although they typically have about the same amount of a type of unbound testosterone known as dihydro-testosterone, often abbreviated to DHT.
So is testosterone is responsible for male balding? This is one of the low testosterone myths that keeps on circulating, but studies show that it is probably not true. Although DHT has been shown to shrink hair follicles, the amount of shrinkage that occurs depends primarily on the follicles’ sensitivity to DHT, rather than the amount of this chemical in the body.