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A two-year study comparing the effect of low-carbohydrate versus low-fat diets in a group of obese adults has found that while both were equally effective at helping participants lose weight, the low-carbohydrate diet was more effective at increasing “good” HDL cholesterol and lowering diastolic blood pressure.

However, the study, which was published in the August 3, 2010 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, also found that those following the low-carb diet reported more side effects, including hair loss, bad breath and constipation. After six months, 45% of the low-carb group reported hair loss, compared to only 21% of the low-fat group.

Diets that exclude certain food groups can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies that starve your hair follicles of nutrients, causing accelerated hair loss, and so it is advisable to consult a dietician or nutritionist before embarking on any restricted eating regime. However, there are many different causes for hair loss, and so if you have any concerns about thinning hair or patchy hair loss you would be wise to seek specialist help.

The hair specialists at the Belgravia Centre are experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of hair loss conditions, whether the cause of your individual problem is genetic, hormonal, diet or stress related. Our comprehensive hair loss treatment programmes are based around primary medications clinically proven to stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth, as well as various hair growth boosters. You can look at some of our hair loss success stories to see the impressive results we have achieved for so many happy customers.

The earlier you tackle hair loss the more effective treatment is likely to be, so call 020 7730 6666 to book a free consultation with one of our specialists, or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively, if you can’t get to the London centre, complete the online diagnostic form for advice on a home-use treatment course that fits your needs, available worldwide.

Most women actually find that the condition and volume of their hair increases during pregnancy; however, after giving birth there can be noticeable and distressing hair loss. Indeed, along with urinary incontinence and stretch marks, increased hair loss is one of the most commonly reported problems that women experience postpartum.

This hair loss condition, known as telogen effluvium, occurs because during pregnancy, oestrogen levels are elevated. Hair may therefore be much thicker and healthier than usual, as more hair follicles are in the growth phase of the hair cycle. After delivery, there is a dramatic fall in oestrogen levels, causing more follicles to enter the shedding phase, so there will be more hair loss than normal.

This accelerated hair loss usually normalises after a few months, as the hormones return to their usual levels. However, if it continues, it may indicate ongoing hormonal imbalance, or nutritional deficiency.

Female hair loss can have many different causes, so if you have any concerns it is important to seek professional advice, as hair loss conditions can worsen if left untreated. The specialists at the Belgravia Centre are experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of hair and scalp problems, including telogen effluvium, using clinically proven medications that are effective and safe. You can see some of our ‘before and during treatment’ photo-scans which show the kind of impressive results we have achieved for so many customers.

The Belgravia Centre is the UK’s only hair clinic with a registered pharmacy on site, meaning that we can diagnose, prescribe and supply everything you need under one roof. The clinic is conveniently situated just a 30 second walk from London’s Victoria station, or alternatively, you can complete the online diagnostic form and one of our advisors will be able to help you with an individually designed home treatment course, available worldwide.

To book a free consultation with one of our specialists, call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Getting the right advice could save you a lot of frustration, and accelerate the restoration of your normal, healthy hair growth pattern.

Singing star Bernie Nolan has chosen to go bald in public at a prestigious awards ceremony, to show that bald can be beautiful, not to mention glamorous.

The 49-year-old singer, who shaved her head during chemotherapy to combat an aggressive form of breast cancer, said, “I might look like something out of Star Trek, but I’m winning the fight of my life.”

Appearing on the red carpet at the TV Choice Awards, Nolan explained, “I’ve spent the past few weeks saying I’m happy with no hair, so I felt it was important to come here and show I meant it.”

Chemotherapy is one of the drug treatments most likely to cause hair loss, although hair generally grows back within four to six months after treatment is completed. It may cause anything from mild thinning or patchy hair loss to total loss of all body hair. Regrowth may be a different colour or more curly than previously.

If you are experiencing sudden or unexplained hair loss, it is advisable to seek professional help as soon as possible. The specialists at the Belgravia Centre are experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of hair loss conditions. To book a free consultation with one of our advisors, call 020 7730 6666, or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively you can complete the online diagnostic form for advice on a home-treatment course, available worldwide.

While England’s women’s rugby union team put up a valiant fight against the victorious New Zealand side in Sunday’s World Cup final, none can deny the gap that was left by the absence of Heather Fisher, who was sidelined due to injury.

The feisty number 7 is a shining example of can-do spirit, playing with a passion and commitment that makes her an excellent role model for the sport. Fisher, who suffers from severe alopecia, is currently almost totally bald, but does not allow the stress of her condition to interfere with her game.

A former bobsleigh medal winner, 26-year-old Fisher is a university sports lecturer, and has won awards as both England Sevens Coaches’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year. She acknowledges that her hair loss is stress related, but refuses to dwell on it, instead keeping the focus firmly on the sport she loves.

Alopecia areata is a condition that manifests as sudden patchy hair loss, caused by hair follicles prematurely entering the resting phase of the hair cycle. It can affect men and women at any age. It is generally regarded as an autoimmune disorder, although it may be triggered by an external factor such as stress or injury. There may also be a genetic predisposition or hormonal trigger to the onset of hair loss due to alopecia.

Treatment for alopecia areata can be very successful, depending on the severity of the condition and the stage it has reached. Once it progresses to alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis, where all body hair is shed, the prognosis is less hopeful, so it is advisable to seek advice as soon as the problem is recognised.

The trichologists at the Belgravia Centre have a wealth of experience in diagnosing and addressing a wide range of hair loss conditions. Patches of hair loss can be treated with Belgravia’s Minoxidil 12.5% + Azelaic Acid formulation, which we have found to be the most safe and effective treatment. You can see the kind of results we have achieved in treating alopecia areata here.

Our advisors will be happy to discuss an individual hair loss treatment programme with you, based around primary medications that are clinically proven to stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth, along with various hair growth boosters.

Call 020 7730 6666 to book a free consultation with one of our specialists, or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively, if you can’t get to the London centre, complete the online diagnostic form for advice on a home-use treatment course that fits your needs, available worldwide.

Flamboyant magician Penn Jillette, the outspoken half of the edgy magic duo Penn and Teller, has given up his trademark ponytail in aid of Locks of Love, a nonprofit organisation that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the US and Canada who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Jillette allowed his silent partner Teller to chop 10 inches off the ponytail, which he had been growing for 25 years, during a Cut-A-Thon at the Rio Spa and Salon, Las Vegas. He was moved to participate because one of his coworkers at the Rio, where the comedy-magic duo are in residence, has a granddaughter currently undergoing chemotherapy. She is expected to make a full recovery, but all the long-haired employees at the Rio were asked to donate some hair in her name.

“I don’t think a two-year-old would look good in my long curly hair, but I hope someone can use it,” Jillette said. “There’s no panic; I can give 10 inches and still have enough left for a ponytail to hide my microphone cables. We all wish her the best.”

The role of iron deficiency in hair loss is well established, particularly in women, who are more prone to anaemia due to iron depletion during their monthly cycle. However, there have been few objective studies to establish the part that other micronutrient deficiencies may play in unexplained hair loss.

The amino acid L-lysine is involved in the absorption of iron and zinc, both of which are required by the body for normal hair growth. L-lysine is present in many foods, but is only readily bioavailable in meat, fish, eggs and legumes. As the body cannot make its own L-lysine but must obtain it through the diet, this means that vegans who do not eat enough legumes are at risk of deficiency, as are athletes who train heavily.

Hair loss can have many different causes, so while a healthy diet is important, it is sensible to see an expert to establish the underlying reason for thinning hair, patchy hair loss or other hair problems. Hair loss generally does not go away by itself, and may worsen if left untreated. The specialists at the Belgravia Centre are experienced in diagnosing a wide range of conditions and are able to give practical support and advice as well as prescribing treatment that is clinically proven to be safe and effective.

The Belgravia Centre is the only UK clinic with an in-house pharmacy specialising in proven medications to stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth. Diagnosis, prescribing and supplying medications and monitoring progress all takes place under one roof, for your convenience. You can see some of our impressive success stories here.

To arrange a free consultation with one of our specialists, call 020 7730 6666 to book an appointment, or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively, if you can’t get to the London centre (which is conveniently situated a few moments from Victoria station) you can complete the online diagnostic form for worldwide advice on a home use hair loss treatment programme designed to fit your needs.

While the causes and effects of the female menopause are widely recognised, men can also go through the menopause, with symptoms including tiredness and hair loss.

Dr Robert Brannigan, professor of urology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and urologist at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, believes 95 percent of cases of male menopause go undiagnosed.

The condition, known as male hypogonadism, occurs when the testicles do not produce enough testosterone, causing a drop in the hormone level. It progresses slowly, with levels dropping by around one percent a year, starting in the late thirties; the reduction may be as high as 50 percent by the age of 70.

The male menopause may adversely affect mood, weight and sex drive, and is frequently misdiagnosed as depression. It is also linked to chronic medical conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr Brannigan explained, “When ignored, symptoms can seriously disrupt one’s quality of life.”

Treatment may involve hormone replacement therapy to boost testosterone levels, although cholesterol levels and blood pressure must be carefully monitored for the duration of treatment.

Hair loss can have a number of different causes, and may get worse if left untreated, so if you have any concerns about thinning hair or patchy hair loss it is advisable to seek professional advice. The specialists at the Belgravia Centre have a wealth of experience in diagnosing and treating a variety of hair loss conditions, using clinically proven primary medications along with various hair growth boosters. You can see some of our many success stories here.

To book a free consultation with one of our trichologists who can assess your individual hair loss condition and prescribe the most effective course of treatment, call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. If you’re not able to get to the London centre, you can complete the online diagnostic form and an advisor will be happy to design a home use treatment programme to fit your needs, available worldwide.

Singer Ne-Yo has revealed that he started wearing a hat as part of his signature look when he was a teenager, to disguise the fact that he had already begun to experience hair loss.

The platinum-selling R&B star, whose hits include ‘Closer’ and ‘Beautiful Monster’, said, “The men in my family start losing their hair really early on. My hair started receding when I was just 13. So that was why I originally started wearing hats. Then I got super-confident with who I am, but they were already part of my look, so the hats stayed.”

It can be very distressing for a young man to start experiencing thinning hair or a receding hairline, but it is in fact much more common than is generally realised. 25 per cent of men will be affected by hair loss by the age of 30, and although stress, diet and other lifestyle factors can play a part, the most common cause is androgenic alopecia – better known as male pattern baldness.

This is a hereditary condition, caused by the action of a hormonal derivative of testosterone, DHT, on genetically sensitive hair follicles. Testosterone levels tend to peak between the ages of 18 and 35, and this is when the characteristic hairloss pattern may be initiated.

Although some men are genetically predisposed to lose their hair, perhaps at a relatively young age when it is likely to be very damaging to their confidence, it is possible to stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth with the correct treatment. The Belgravia Centre is able to give effective advice and treatment to patients from the age of 18 who are experiencing a wide range of hair loss conditions.

Hair loss treatment programmes at the Belgravia Centre are based around primary medications that are clinically proven to be both safe and effective, along with various hair growth boosters designed to optimise progress. You can see some of our before-and-during-treatment photos to judge our impressive results for yourself.

The earlier hair loss conditions are addressed the better, so we recommend arranging a free consultation with one of our specialists who can assess your individual condition and advise on treatment. Call 020 7730 6666 to book a consultation, or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. If you can’t get to the London centres, it takes less than five minutes to complete the online diagnostic form for worldwide advice on a home-use treatment course designed to fit your needs.


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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.


Ever since my husband’s business started having financial problems last year, I’ve noticed that his hair is getting thinner and his scalp is beginning to show through. Is it possible that stress is causing him to lose his hair?

The recent financial downturn has seen a lot of people suffering health problems due to the stress of mounting debts, according to a survey by the UK’s leading debt advice charity. The Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) found that 46% of the 372 respondents believed that financial problems had affected their health, with symptoms including heart palpitations, hair loss and nervous breakdown.

Delroy Corinaldi, external affairs director at CCCS, said, “There is a lot of focus on the economic implications of the personal debt crisis but we are only starting to understand the human cost of debt problems.”

It is thought that stress causes hormonal changes in the body, which can disrupt the normal hair growth cycle. Hair follicles affected by these hormonal changes enter the resting phase of the cycle prematurely. During this period there is no new growth, but hair will continue to shed, causing it to become thinner over the whole head. This can affect both men and women, and is a separate condition from male pattern baldness, which manifests as a characteristic bald patch on the top of the head.

Stress-related hair loss may occur after a major life event such as divorce or surgery, or may develop gradually in response to an ongoing issue such as money worries. It can sometimes correct itself, particularly if the cause of the stress is removed, but it can also worsen, and in men can eventually lead to baldness. Tackling the source of the problem and learning stress management techniques such as meditation is clearly advisable; however, since hair loss can in itself increase anxiety levels, treatment to address it may also be beneficial.

The hair specialists at the Belgravia Centre are experienced at diagnosing and treating a wide range of hair loss conditions, including stress related hair thinning. Our comprehensive hair loss treatment programmes are based on clinically proven medications that stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth, along with various hair growth boosters and specialist aftercare. You can see how effective treatment can be by viewing some of our many success stories.

To book a free consultation with one of our specialists who can assess your individual hair condition, call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form and an advisor will be happy to recommend a personal home-use treatment course, available worldwide.

A Channel 4 documentary series featuring provocative work from up-and-coming directors has followed three women living with trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder that causes people to pull out their own hair, often to the point of baldness.

‘First Cut: Girls on the Pull’ is available to view online on Channel 4’s on demand service at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od

Trichotillomania affects up to 3% of people suffering from hair loss, and is ten times more common in women. It frequently starts around the onset of puberty, although it can affect any age group. Individuals will tug, twist or pull out their hair unconsciously or habitually, and stress, boredom or anxiety can act as triggers. Many will also chew or eat the hair, a condition known as trichophagia, and this can lead to digestive problems.

It is thought that hair pulling may come from a desire to exert control over one area of life. Hypnotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy may help sufferers to learn how to interrupt the impulse and thereby overcome the condition.

Some people find that stimulants such as sugar, alcohol and caffeine increase the urge to hair pull, and reducing intake of these can make the physical urge more manageable. There is also anecdotal evidence to suggest that the amino acid NAC (N-acetylcysteine), which occurs naturally in foods such as chicken, eggs and broccoli, may help alleviate the condition, although more research is needed.

There is some evidence to suggest that there may be a genetic component to trichotillomania, as research has discovered that it is often found in families where members have other impulse control disorders such as OCD, addictions or Tourette’s syndrome.

People living with trichotillomania may choose to combine therapy with hair restoration treatment, to improve the appearance and boost self-confidence. If the hair follicles are still functional it is possible to promote regrowth, using clinically proven medications. At the Belgravia Centre we also find non-surgical hair replacement to be a very successful treatment for the condition, as it not only covers up the appearance of any bald patches but stops the sufferer from picking at the area, which can help to get the habit under control.

If you have any concerns about trichotillomania, or any other hair loss condition, we recommend you discuss it with one of our experienced specialists, who can assess your condition and recommend a suitable treatment programme. To book a free consultation, call 020 7730 6666 or send us a message with any enquiry you might have. Alternatively, if you can’t get to the London centre, you can complete the online diagnostic form and an advisor will be happy to contact you to discuss treatment options.