The most common genetic hair loss out there is androgenetic alopecia, which is caused by excessive dihydrotestosterone 5 or DHT-5 that damages hair follicles and results in pattern baldness characteristic of this condition.
Note that the hair loss pattern changes from one region to another. In other words, the pattern seen in people of European descent might be different than that of Asian people.
Because of this high prevalence of alopecia, researchers are always on the look for new potential treatments to restore hair loss and help patients regain their self-esteem and self-confidence.
In this article, we will take a look at two factors that may prevent hair loss from the start; exercise and diet.
How does exercise prevent hair loss?
The scientific community is still debating about the effect of fitness on hair loss. Some believe that extremely intense physical activity may exacerbate hair loss by increasing the levels of testosterone in the body, while others think it has no effect.
In a 2018 observational study, researchers concluded that there is a relationship between exercise and alopecia, stating that “According to this study, there is an apparent association between exercise and alopecia. However, as of the result of an observational study, it cannot be confirmed that alopecia or exercise preceded the other.”
In other words, we cannot come up with any conclusions until further research is done.
How does diet prevent hair loss?
“Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are”
The type of food we eat is responsible for the vast majority of the diseases we see, as well as the diseases we are immune to.
While androgenetic alopecia is believed to be a hereditary condition, there are still some environmental risk factors in play.
In a 2019 study, researchers analyzed the role of a diet rich in raw vegetables and fresh herbs in androgenetic alopecia.
At the end of the 3-week study, scientists concluded that diets, such as the Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of androgenetic alopecia.
Other studies that focused on protein, vitamin A, and vitamin D, all found that these compounds may play a role when it comes to AA.
In conclusion, our diet seems to be able to either increase or decrease our risk of AA.
Androgenetic alopecia and other hair loss conditions have been around for millennia, and till this age, we do not have curative treatment for all patients.
Additionally, each patient presents with a different pattern and cause of hair loss, which makes the medical management even more challenging.
Therefore, it is preferable to prevent hair loss altogether by sticking to a healthy diet and taking proper care of your hair.
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