Question: I go to the gym regularly and consider myself to be in good shape, but I’ve recently begun to lose my hair. I’m only 27. Can you tell me what’s going on? I thought keeping fit was supposed to stop me going bald!
Answer: Hi, Jay. Regular exercise is certainly beneficial to overall health, and among other things will help maintain good circulation, which ensures an adequate supply of nutrients to the hair follicles. However, if you are experiencing thinning hair you may wish to shift the emphasis of your workouts from heavy weightlifting designed to build bulky muscle, to vigorous aerobic exercise such as running or rowing.
The most common cause of hair loss in men is androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. This is caused by the action of male hormones (androgens) on genetically predisposed hair follicles. Within these follicles, testosterone is converted into the androgen DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT inhibits the growth of new hair cells, causing the follicles to shrink with each growth cycle until they finally become dysfunctional and no new hair grows.
Short, intense workout regimes designed to raise androgen levels in order to bulk up will raise free testosterone levels. This is what enables men to achieve the bodybuilder look, but unfortunately free testosterone can be converted to DHT, accelerating hairloss in genetically programmed individuals. Conversely, aerobic exercise can lower DHT levels.
Excessive exercise is believed to exacerbate hair loss so it is important to ensure your workouts are not too extreme, especially on a regular basis.
Fortunately there are clinically proven medications that can combat male pattern baldness, even though it is largely hereditary. The Belgravia Centre bases its highly effective hair loss treatment courses around the only two products that are medically proven to stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth. Propecia (finasteride 1mg) works by blocking 5-alpha reductase, which prevents the formation of DHT, while Minoxidil increases the blood supply to the affected hair follicles. Belgravia’s specialists have found that using these two proven medications, along with various hair growth boosters, gives the best results for the majority of patients. You can see some of our many Success Story photos to see the excellent results we have achieved with our comprehensive treatment programmes.
Hair loss conditions can have many different causes, and may get worse if left untreated, so it is sensible to seek professional advice as soon as possible.
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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.