(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?
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.
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.
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.