Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Why does hair grow in all the wrong places when you age?


Let's be honest: The older we get, the prettier we ain't. In addition to the sagging and the wrinkles, an ignominious side effect of aging is the dense thickest of hair that erupts from the ears, nose, and just about anywhere else you don't want it. While you have no choice but to accept the grim destiny of  old age, you can at least know what cruel twist of anatomical fate produces this phenomenon.

Whether you are a man or woman, the culprit appears to be female hormones. And take notice of the word "appears". You should know up front that afflictions such as cancer and diabetes, not excessive nose hair, are what tend to get most of the medical attention and research funding. Consequently, the explanation that follows is mostly conjecture.

Both men and women produce female hormones such as estrogen. These hormones restrict the growth of hair and counteract male-type hormones such as testosterone (which are also present in both men and women), which trigger the growth of body hair. When you're younger, the male and female hormones maintain the balance they should. As you get older, production of the female hormones slows down. In other words, the male-female hormonal balance gets out of whack, and you begin to look like Yeti.

But it isn't all doom and gloom for old-timers: They get cheap movie tickets and can force people to sit through their long, rambling stories."

To see more questions like this, read the book;
"Why Do Men Leave The Seat Up?"

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