Hair loss is a major problem amongst men and women equally, what with the age of processed food and unhealthy lifestyles. It is nothing short of an embarrassment to be balding and losing hair, deeply impacting the self-esteem of many men and women today.
Earlier it was believed that what you consume has nothing to do with hair loss but the present research in this field differs. A research by renowned Finish study found evidence that men with higher insulin resistance were susceptible to hair loss problems in the future. Read the below article to know the top reasons how sugar leads to hair loss.
Is Sugar Causing Your Hair Loss?
Further studies through the years show that this is quite possible. Given below are a few reasons why excessive sugar intakes can lead to hair loss in adults, both men and women, as per what recent studies suggest:
Altered Blood Sugar Levels
Multiple dermatologists ascertain to these findings and explain that high levels of sugar alter the blood sugar level in the body, thereby causing changes in our hormones such as insulin, cortisone, testosterone, and DTH. Fluctuating levels of these hormones, especially testosterone (a by-product is formed) can lead to direct attacks on hair follicles which are also the cause of hair fall due to genetics.
What was earlier assumed as one of the major causes of hair loss and balding, which is genetics, now can be replayed with the same attacking mechanisms as in the case of impacts of high sugar intakes.
The direct (changes in sugar level) and indirect (attack by testosterone by-product) effects of sugar intake over a period of time is highly detrimental to the hair and scalp quality as well.
Aging of Hair Follicles
It has also come to the notice of multiple diabetologists that higher consumption levels of sugar can lead to glycation, thereby causing proteins to break down. This can lead to aging effects in the cells of the body and especially in the hair follicles (as hair is also a type of protein) which make the follicles disintegrate.
This calls for serious consideration, especially in the diet habits of individuals and how important it is to have a balanced diet (a necessary condition for a healthy, problem free survival).
Unstable Thyroid Levels
Primary cases studied show that hair loss occurs majorly due to androgen tic alopecia (genetic reasons in male, unknown causes in female). Another major cause as witnessed by researchers is due to thyroid. These complications majorly arise due to high blood sugar and diabetes. Unstable thyroid levels are known to cause hair fall and hair loss in both adults as well as children. Thus, sugar intake can indirectly impact body’s health as well as hair growth, as seen in multiple cases that arise.
Effect of Diabetes
The sugar levels in a diabetic person’s blood have excessive amounts of sugar than the normally acceptable levels. This means that in most cases the blood does not reach the hair follicles to provide the required nourishment. Thus, this causes severe undernourishment to the pores of the hair. The blood flow is unable to traverse through to the follicles the required amounts of nutrients due to the presence of large and complex sugar/glucose molecules.
The roots weaken and hair growth stops or dampens to a large extent. It cannot advance and rejuvenate with time, thereby leading to hyperglycemia (the condition described).
Thus, we can see how the presence of sugar in the blood, in excess than required can deter transport of vital nutrients to not just the hair follicles but other parts of the body as well.
Absence of Nutrients
A popular theory devised through research states that since sugar based foods do not contain vitamin E, copper, vitamin D, iron and many other vital nutrients required by the body for subsistence, they are unable to encourage hair growth or maintain the health of the hair. This is especially true when the major food intakes during a period of time is solely sugar based, depriving the human body of basic mineral and nutrient supplements. This can lead to many other problems due to deficiencies of these vital nutrients in our body.
Higher sugar intakes with a combination of chemicals in the body (deficient in vitamins) make it difficult for the body to control the production of DTH thereby again causing hormonal imbalance in the body. This is the same case as in the case of testosterone production mentioned above, causing repeated attacks and weakening of hair follicles ultimately leading to hair loss in the long run.
A healthy diet is believed to deter these ill effects of sugar intake if not completely dampen their side effects/chronic effects. This means that a healthy diet can very much reduce hair loss as per the research conducted in this field.
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