cause of male hair loss

A new study has found that sugary drinks may contribute towards male hair loss. Beverages sweetened by sugar, including energy drinks, fizzy drinks, and soft drink mixers, can trigger an increased concentration of serum glucose, activating the polyol pathway.

So, what does this mean, and could sugary drinks really be the root cause of your male pattern baldness?

What did the latest study show?

The latest study, published in the Nutrients Journal, looked at the association between male pattern hair loss and sugary drinks. It relied upon self-reported data from 1,951 men aged 18-25.

A significant association between high sugary drink consumption and male pattern hair loss was revealed. Interestingly, it also showed that certain medical conditions could increase the risk of suffering hair loss when you consume high-sugar beverages. Those with PTSD for example, were found to be more at risk of developing hair loss due to sugary drink consumption. Reducing the amount that they drank eliminated the risk.

While it did reveal a link to hair loss, the fact the study relied upon self-reported data is a huge limitation. Further studies will need to be carried out to determine whether sugary drinks could be a direct cause of male hair loss.

Do sugary drinks cause male hair loss?

There is no strong scientific evidence to suggest that sugary drinks are a direct cause of hair loss. There is, however, some evidence to suggest that consuming large amounts of sugary drinks can lead to poor overall health, and potentially contribute to hair loss indirectly.

Consuming sugary drinks in large amounts could lead to health issues such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Hair loss can occur as a side effect of these conditions.

Some studies suggest that high sugar intake, including sugar found in soft drinks and other processed foods, can lead to a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, which in turn can increase the risk of hair loss. Additionally, many soft drinks contain caffeine and artificial ingredients that can also have a negative impact on hair growth.

It is important to note that correlation does not mean causation, and more research is needed to understand the complex relationship between diet, hair loss, and other health issues.

Male pattern hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is caused by a combination of genetic and hormonal factors. The main cause is the presence of a gene that makes hair follicles more susceptible to a by-product of testosterone, known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes hair follicles to shrink, leading to thinner, shorter hair, and eventually hair loss.

Factors that increase levels of DHT, such as higher levels of testosterone, ageing, and a family history of hair loss, can also contribute to male pattern hair loss.

It’s always best to speak with a healthcare professional if you are experiencing hair loss to help determine the underlying cause. This will determine the type of treatment required. While there is no cure for male pattern baldness, there are effective treatments to help slow down and minimise its effects.