Diet drinks have already been linked with hair loss
, however new research shows that these popular products may also cause weight gain.
Study findings show weight gain
Whilst previous research has linked additives in sugar-free diet drinks with hair loss
, a recent study
published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that trial participants who consumed diet drinks, gained almost triple the abdominal fat than those who did not consume diet soda.
The study analysed data from 749 people over a 9 year period. Participants recorded how many cans they drank per day, every two years, stating if these were diet or regular varieties.
Those who did not drink diet soda gained approximately 0.8 inches around their middles. In comparison, those who drank sugar-free alternatives on a daily basis gained 3.2 inches, while occasional drinkers gained 1.8 inches.
Diet drinks and hair loss
Other studies have recorded an increase in appetite from diet drinks, which may lead to excessive calorie intake. In turn, this can lead to an increase in body weight and even obesity, which can cause issues such as heart disease, diabetes
, and hair loss conditions
The most common reason for shedding due to dietary issues is Telogen Effluvium
. This condition temporarily shuts down hair production, causing shedding, and thinning hair
Common dietary issues surrounding diet drinks and hair loss relate to the following, all of which can trigger diffuse thinning from Telogen Effluvium:
, the key ingredient in diet foods and drinks, although regulated by the FDA, has a number of listed side effects. These include brain tumours, bloating and depression as well as an elevated appetite, weight gain
and increased belly fat
Caffeine, another ingredient associated with diet drinks, when consumed in large amounts can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, especially in vitamin B, zinc and potassium. It can also place undue stress
on the body from the release of adrenaline, resulting in a number of health issues, including Telogen Effluvium.
is important for normal hair growth, and a deficiency can weaken hair follicles.
occurs when the body is unable to use glucose (blood sugar) properly. This can put the body under large amounts of strain, disrupting the hair growth cycle
Natural is key
Many of us consume diet products in an attempt to lose extra pounds. However, the most effective way to keep your hair healthy and weight stable is to eat a balanced diet full of natural whole foods, avoiding artificial additives that add little or no nutritional value to your diet.
Senior Belgravia hair loss specialist, Leonora Doclis
advises "Although sweeteners may not directly cause hair loss, they can trigger other conditions that can lead to hair loss. Cutting down or eliminating additives found in diet drinks is recommended. Unless advised for medical reasons, you are better off including natural alternatives in your diet."
A daily dietary supplement, such as Hair Vitalics
, may help you to ensure your scalp receives the necessary nutrients for healthy hair growth. Also, whilst the condition should clear up naturally within six months, assuming the underlying cause is dealt with first, treatment for Telogen Effluvium
can help to speed up regrowth. A hair loss professional will be able to provide a diagnosis, establish any underlying dietary concerns and provide advice on how best to deal with these issues.