Genetic test for hair loss: discover if you will suffer from alopecia
In January 2009 an American company, located in California, launched the first Genetic Test for the identification of the risk of typical male and female hereditary alopecia. The test identifies the elements of the DNA related to hair loss and provides you with an accurate estimate of the risk you will develop alopecia.
A genetic test is an excellent tool in the fight to combat hereditary hair loss. Many people do not realise that by the time you notice your hair is thinning you could have already lost a lot of hair. Even healthy scalps lose 75-125 hairs per day in the natural cycle of hair regeneration. The test allows you to predict your hair loss before you start to see those unwelcome signs in the mirror and seek preventative treatments.
What do the results of the genetic test for baldness show?
The test is a good indicator of the likelihood of you suffering from androgenic alopecia in the future, years before that process begins. If the test shows a positive result for the presence of the balding gene, you have about a 70% risk factor. In other words, if your results show a genetic predisposition to baldness, you’re about 70% likely to suffer from some degree of alopecia.
If this is the case, it means you are a good candidate for preventative treatments to slow or even stop this unwanted sign of ageing. So don’t be disheartened. Remember: with knowledge comes power. If you know you’re likely to lose your hair in the future you can take steps now to solve the problem.
In contrast, if your test proves negative for the signs of the balding gene, you have about an 80-90% chance of keeping a healthy head of hair.
How do you perform the genetic test and when do I get the results?
Taking a sample of saliva, usually from within the mouth, makes the test completely painless and you can go straight back to work afterwards.
The genetic analysis of your sample is usually completed within two to three weeks. After that time we can give you a very good estimation of the likelihood you will suffer from androgenic alopecia in the future.
You only have to take the test once in your life. Your genetic code does not change over time, so the result you get now will be the same result whenever you took the test in the future.