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Old 05-24-2004, 05:32 PM   #1
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Losing the hair on our legs

(1) Why do middle-aged men lose the hair on their legs? And (2) Is this an indication of poor nutrition or a lack of a certain vitamin/mineral? And (3) Is there a way to reverse this hair loss, or is it permanent once it starts?

 
Old 05-26-2004, 10:01 AM   #2
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Cool Re: Losing the hair on our legs

Good question! I've been wondering about this myself. I'm 35 and started losing the hair on my legs 7-10 years ago. I thought it was from wearing dress socks, but seemed like I was the only one this happened to. I was very hairy as a teen, and recently someone asked me if I shaved my legs! About a year ago I asked my doctor if it was a nutrition thing & was told no, that it's just something the "happens". I had blood work done (for a different situation) and everything came out fine.

I don't seem to be losing hair anywhere else on my body besides my lower legs. In fact, the older I get, the more hair that seems to show up (ears, back, etc). I make fun, saying that I'm not losing my hair, it's just "relocating"...lol.

 
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Old 05-26-2004, 11:51 AM   #3
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Re: Losing the hair on our legs

Same thing happening here.... hair keeps sprouting in new places on my back and slowly spreading out from my stomach region, but lower legs, the hair is almost all gone.

It's almost a sign of youth to see very hairy lower legs: it seems to be something that signals "I am 15 going on 16" and then as the hair falls out, it signals "I am 40 or over". We can diguise our age, guys over 40, by wearing very tall socks and just revealing our hairy knees and thighs.

 
Old 05-26-2004, 02:08 PM   #4
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Re: Losing the hair on our legs

Since the hair loss remains local on our bodies, I'm guessing that it must be because of a circulation problem in our legs. The blood doesn't flow right, and so there isn't enough blood in the lower legs to nourish the hair there. Could be from sitting at a desk job.

 
Old 05-26-2004, 03:14 PM   #5
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Re: Losing the hair on our legs

Hmmmmm. That's a good point since I have been a desk jockey for 13 years. Now, if we can increase the circulation do you think the hair will grow back?

 
Old 05-27-2004, 06:07 AM   #6
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Re: Losing the hair on our legs

I believe I read somewhere that is just a natural change as we age. But we can be comforted that the hair lost on our legs is compensated for by the new crop of hair in our ears and noses!

 
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Re: Losing the hair on our legs

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Hmmmmm. That's a good point since I have been a desk jockey for 13 years. Now, if we can increase the circulation do you think the hair will grow back?
Good question. But somehow, I doubt that it will grow back. We're out of luck, I think.

 
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