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According to many significant types of research, a considerable amount of men start to notice the signs of hair loss by age 35. Of course, not all men will experience this situation. However, by the age of 50, a majority number of men suffer from significant hair thinning resulting from continuous hair loss over time. Some men begin to experience hair loss as early as the age of 21. In most cases, men’s hair loss is genetic and is passed down from generation to generation. Other causes of men’s hair loss include medical conditions like anemia, alopecia, thyroid, ringworm, etc.
Hairloss in Bodybuilding
Besides all these reasons, the Internet is full of studies showing the link between bodybuilding and the occurrence of hair loss. Many studies have shown that the chances of hair loss, hair thinning increase in men with bodybuilding, especially with the use of mass building supplements and diets. So, let’s find out, whether bodybuilding actually causes hair loss.
- Will Bodybuilding Actually Cause Hair Loss?
Many believe that heavyweights lifting and bodybuilding can lead to hair loss and balding in men. But, it’s a common misconception made by people who have little or no experience in the fitness industry. There are several reasons for hair loss in men, like:
- Illness/ Diseases such as lupus
- Side Effects from Certain Drugs Used for Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Heart Problems, High Blood Pressure, and Gout, (The American Hair Loss Association has shared a list of all the drugs that cause hair loss.)
- Iron Deficiency
- Radiation Treatment or Chemotherapy
- Severe Weight Loss
As you can see, the act of bodybuilding cannot cause hair loss. But, of course, extreme weight loss can lead to hair loss; anyway, a bodybuilder would still be consuming more than enough calories to avoid this issue.
- Workout and Hair Loss
There is a commonly held belief that workout and exercise can lead to hair loss in men because of the increased level of testosterone. Also, there is a theory that low-intensity workouts can cause oxidative stress which can lead to the damage of hair follicles. But, there is no real fact to prove these theories.
So, bodybuilding doesn’t cause hair loss, but/ if the bodybuilder is taking additional supplements like testosterone supplements, steroids, or testosterone injections for speeding the process of their muscle-building then it does increase the levels of testosterone, hence increase DHT levels resulting in hair loss. DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is a byproduct of the testosterone hormone.
Bodybuilders who’re taking nutritional supplements without testosterone or steroids will not have an increase in testosterone or DHT.
- Diet and Hair Loss
A well-balanced and nutritious diet is essential to maintain a healthy, thick head of hair. Proteins are essential for your bodybuilding. But, be sure to avoid too much protein consumption. Get to know how to create a proper nutrition plan around your health and overall fitness goals. High protein levels may actually harm your hair follicles over time.
Instead of consuming an excessive amount of protein shakes, it’s much more beneficial to consume natural sources of protein like meat, fish, poultry, legumes, dry beans & peas, eggs, nuts, seeds, grains, tofu, etc. Protein shakes are a great way to get the essential nutrients back into your body immediately after an intense workout session but they should NOT serve as a meal replacement. With protein, add good fats, and carbohydrates to your diet to allow your body’s wheels of metabolism to keep spinning. Always make sure to consume an adequate supply of vitamins, minerals, fats, and other essential nutrients to keep your hair healthy and strong.
- Treatment for Hair Loss
There are a number of treatments and products available that can help you stop hair loss and hair thinning. Instead of experimenting with them by yourself, it’s best to consult a certified dermatologist who can guide you regarding the hair loss/hair thinning you may be facing. Don’t self-medicate or use hair products that people have recommended, unless you have consulted with a doctor.
Consult with your dermatologist, avoid testosterone & steroids supplements as much as possible unless your doctor prescribed this to you, maintain a proper diet and keep the stress away from yourself. This way you can do a good favour for your hair as well as your body. Also, try to maintain your collagen level naturally or using the recommended collagen development process.
Whether you want to believe that bodybuilding actually causing you hair loss or you want to believe there are external factors that affect your hair, there are many ways to reduce the damage to your hair. You can have the best of both your body and a head full of hair.
Keep your body JustFit and avoid any harmful decisions that will affect your health and hair!