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Lifting the Lid on Hair Loss

hair loss & weight trainingLet’s face facts, weight lifting in many cases is a visual endeavour. So what good would a youthful, muscular physique be if we had to sacrifice a full head of hair? Some research will claim you’ll have to sacrifice one for the other when in fact you can have your pie and eat it too.

Research states that a 45 minute weights session can elevate testosterone levels by an average 25 percent. Science will tell you that when testosterone reacts with the enzyme 5-alpha reductase (naturally found in our hair follicles) it is converted into the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is what causes the hair follicles to shrink and inhibit the growth of new hair cells.

Theoretically then, it is plausible that weight lifting and the consumption of supplements such as protein and creatine could lead to hair loss. However, two and two rarely makes four in the human body. The Sun quoted a specialist from the Rogers Medical Group as saying: “We have seen an increase in men in their twenties and thirties who regularly circuit train. There’s no doubt it is often a factor in hair loss.”

This could be highly coincidental though as male pattern baldness affects around 80 percent of men. The condition is an hereditary one and can affect men from puberty up to the age of 70. The Belgravia Centre’s Senior Trichologist Leonora Doclis, says weight training and supplement consumption will not cause baldness.

“Elevated levels of testosterone and excess stress, in some cases, may accelerate the condition,” Leonora said. “But only if there is a genetic predisposition to male pattern baldness.”

Basically, weight lifting and using supplements to enhance the results of your sessions are likely to have little to no effect on your hair loss. If you are suffering from male pattern baldness, the Blegravia Centre has a number of treatment options to stabilise the hair loss and promote its re-growth.

Call the centre to book a free consultation on 020 7730 6666 or click here. Alternatively, fill in the online diagnostic form and a trichologist from the centre will be in touch.

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