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Insulin And Hair Loss: How Diet Causes Androgenetic Alopecia

Insulin And Hair Loss: How Diet Causes Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness, is a complicated condition. Despite plaguing men – and women – for thousands of years, it is still not fully understood. The conventional wisdom says that it’s entirely caused by genetics. But new evidence suggests diet may play a role too, with hair loss linked to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. In this post, we’ll look at how to reverse these conditions and regrow your hair by changing what you eat. Hair loss, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome Interactions between hormones in the body are complicated. A change in the level of one hormone will often lead to changes in levels of other hormones too. But male pattern baldness may tell us something about these complicated interactions in the body. Multiple studies (e.g. this one, this one, and this one) have found that men who start losing their hair at a young age are more likely to develop insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. The current medical understanding of androgenetic alopecia says that the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) binds to hair follicles, causing them to shrink. Over time, the follicle gets smaller and smaller, until it eventually stops producing hair. These three things – DHT, insulin, and metabolic syndrome – are all linked to diet. Certain foods cause insulin levels to rise, which can in turn lead to more available DHT. These same foods also increase the likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome, as we’ll see. Metabolic syndrome Studies (see above) have shown that men who start losing their hair at a young age are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the general name given to a cluster of – usually associated – medical conditions. These include: Obesity Hypertension (high blo Continue reading >>

6 Home Remedies For Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss

6 Home Remedies For Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss

6 Home Remedies for Low Carb & Keto Induced Hair Loss Because We’ve Been There Let’s start off by saying that we’ve got personal experience with keto induced hair loss (Paola here! ). You see, a couple years back I suffered from a bout of excessive hair loss (i.e. losing roughly 1k hairs per day… yup, I counted!). And then guess what? A bad hair dye job finished it all off, and I lost two-thirds of my hair. Not fun to say the least. But guess what? After a couple months of trying everything and anything related to hair loss, I finally found a regime which worked. And within just two weeks, my hair stopped falling in chunks. It literally went form 1k to just 30-50 (at least those that I could count!). A year later, and my mane was back in full swing. And most importantly, do not despair! As you probably know already (and I know, it probably doesn’t help me saying it again!): stress also causes hair loss. So if there ever was a vicious cycle, this is it. An important note is that excessive hair loss can be caused by a thyroid malfunction, so it’s worth getting a quick workup to check that that’s not the underlying issue. Otherwise you’ve got options. So here are 6 home remedies you can try for keto induced hair loss. With an MSM supplement most definitely at the top of our list. 1. MSM If there’s one treatment for hair loss you really (and absolutely!) must try it’is a simple intake of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). And forget the scary name, it’s simply a sulfur-bearing compound naturally found (in very small amounts) in several fruits, veggies, animal products, and algae. You see, MSM helps to create several of the chemical links that you need in order to form several types of structural tissues in your body. Including connective tissues such as arti Continue reading >>

Receding Hairline, Diet And Insulin: The Surprising Hair Loss Link

Receding Hairline, Diet And Insulin: The Surprising Hair Loss Link

Is “natural hair loss” really so natural as we age? Maybe not always. Genetics play a strong role in receding hairlines and male pattern baldness (MPB). However, like with many things, genes aren’t the whole story. In fact, emerging science suggests that diet plays a significant role and that insulin is a primary driver behind hair loss. Additionally, there is even a link between early balding and cardiovascular disease. This article takes a look at what connects these things, the causes of hair loss, and how we can potentially reverse them – naturally. What Is a Receding Hairline and Male Pattern Baldness? The medical name ‘androgenic alopecia’ refers to the permanent loss of hair from the scalp. A receding hairline is the progressive loss of hair men experience. This loss of hair initially occurs around the temple area, on both sides of the forehead. The hair around this area begins to thin, and then gradually recedes. A bald spot may then develop on the top of the head, which eventually leads to a ‘horseshoe’ shaped head of hair. In women, female pattern hair loss (FPHL) tends to progressively develop on the top of the head and the crown. People have long hypothesized that genetics are behind hair loss, but as with many medical conditions, research hints that our lifestyle interacts with these genes. The Role of DHT The hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) plays a causative role in thinning hair, and it is a derivative of the male hormone testosterone (1, 2). But a point often overlooked is the underlying factors which cause excess amounts of this hormone; we will look into this later in the article. Age-related hair loss is much more common in men due to their naturally higher testosterone levels. Key Point: Progressive hair loss—otherwise known as an Continue reading >>

Very Low Calorie Ketogenic Diets: Preventing Hair Loss

Very Low Calorie Ketogenic Diets: Preventing Hair Loss

My Experiences with Hair Loss on a Very Low Calorie Ketogenic Diet Back in 2008 I joined a slimming club called Lighterlife, this required me to just consume about 500 calories per day. The food was a combination of soups and shakes that came in packets and were made up with water. The weight loss as you can imagine was rapid and to be quite honest very easy, as you didn’t feel hungry because I was in ketosis most of the time. I lost in total about 4 1/2 stone. There was however one unfortunate side effect which was hair loss. I noticed that a lot of hair would fall out when I had a shower and washed my hair. To be fair to Lighterlife this was a side effect that we were all told about, so it wasn’t a big surprise. Once I finished the diet and started to eat normally again my hair grew back quickly and thickly. My top tips for preventing hair loss is not to follow a very low calorie diet, avoid stress and eat well. Preventing hair loss may seem to be an overwhelming and impossible task. Many people perceive this problem to be one of the natural consequences of aging, but for those who suffer hair loss early in life this doesn’t ring true. They naturally ask “why me?” Thinning and receding hair can be a natural part of growing older, but aging is not the only cause. Although we cannot (so far) prevent the aging process there are many other contributing factors over which we do have some degree of control. It is possible to prevent or delay hair loss in many instances. There are different reasons apart from the aging process as to why a person may be losing their hair. Some of the most common reasons include: poor diet, too much stress, medical problems, fluctuating hormones and hereditary factors. In order to prevent and control hair loss, the first step is to f Continue reading >>

Health Q&a: Low-carbohydrate Diet And Hair Loss

Health Q&a: Low-carbohydrate Diet And Hair Loss

Is there any link between diet and hair loss? I have been following a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet (a version of Atkins) for the past few months and although I have lost weight my hair has become thinner. Is there anything else I can do to help hair loss with either diet or treatments? THE GP Rupal Shah It sounds as though you have telogen effluvium, a common type of hair loss that can occur as a result of sudden weight loss. The good news is that it is reversible, usually within a few months. In the meantime, try to eat a balanced diet and avoid stress. Low iron levels can be linked with hair loss, so it may be worth checking that you are not anaemic. Consider seeing your GP for extra tests if the situation isn’t improving. THE NUTRITIONALTHERAPIST Melanie Brown About 10 per cent of people on carb exclusion diets experience hair loss, possibly due to a lack of nutrients like B vitamins and silica. Some believe that the 'stress’ of ketosis (the mechanism by which fat is burned) causes hair loss. When removing a major food group it is essential to replace nutrients found easily in grains and fruit and not just eat steak and cream! Take some dietary advice so you get it right. Related Articles Pull the plug on swimming pools and take the plunge in the great outdoors 10 Oct 2011 You’d be barmy to get your body embalmed 18 Oct 2011 Lifecoach: Should my child have a flu jab? 01 Nov 2011 How to keep on running 25 Oct 2011 Keep exercising in the winter months 25 Oct 2011 Would you choose the drip-fed diet to lose weight? 24 Oct 2011 THE REGISTERED DIETICIAN Nigel Denby Hair loss can be caused by a number of things including stress and anxiety, but the most likely dietary cause is a lack of iron. Your high-protien diet means you should have been eating plenty of re Continue reading >>

Top 10 Reasons Hashimoto’s Patients Don’t Get Better

Top 10 Reasons Hashimoto’s Patients Don’t Get Better

Also in this article: There is not one easy fix to successfully managing Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, an autoimmune thyroid disease. As many people have learned the hard way, using thyroid hormones to get TSH within lab ranges certainly doesn’t guarantee a fix for most people, although it can help. Hashimoto’s is a multifaceted autoimmune condition that involves many mechanisms. To truly manage your autoimmune Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, it’s important to understand the factors that contribute to it. 10. Immune Reacting Fillers in Thyroid Hormone Replacement Many thyroid supplements use corn starch or modified food starch that contains gluten. You need to make sure your thyroid hormones are gluten-free and free of corn starch if you react to corn. If your medication is in capsules make sure the capsules are gluten-free. Otherwise you could be taking hormones every day with dietary proteins that stimulate your autoimmunity. 9. Taking Immune Enhancing Supplements Nutritional supplements can either help or flare up your autoimmunity based on an individual’s T-helper dominance (whether you have a TH-1 or TH-2 dominance). Supplements such as echinacea, green tea, acai, astragalus, licorice, and a variety others. can either help or aggravate autoimmunity depending on your dominance. If you are unaware of this you may be taking supplements that promote an autoimmune response. Please refer to Chapter Three of my thyroid book, Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? for more information and lists of supplements and herbs to be aware of. 8. Fixating their focus on thyroid hormone replacement only Many thyroid patients believe that if they could only figure out the perfect version of thyroid hormones (natural versus bio-identical or T3 versus T4) they can correct all of t Continue reading >>

Hair Loss On The Hcg Diet

Hair Loss On The Hcg Diet

Hair Loss on the HCG Diet We're taking some time today to discuss the topic of hair loss on the HCG diet. Does the HCG diet cause you to lose hair? And what can you do to keep it from happening to you? Starvation and fad diets can cause hair loss, brittle nails and teeth, etc. the main reason for this is is simply a lack of nutrients in the body. The HCG diet is different. Yes, it is still a very low calorie diet, but it can't and shouldn't be lumped into the "really-bad-for-you" diet category. The HCG diet is a physician researched and developed weight loss program. By sticking to the low calorie regimen and giving yourself daily doses of prescription HCG, your body begins to essentially "live" on your fat stores. This does not happen with other diets. Only with HCG, will the body turn to fat breakdown as a fuel source so quickly and protect the body from muscle breakdown and metabolism downturn. Simply put, the HCG diet allows dieters to use stored fat for calories and thus results in dramatic weight loss. The dieter does not feel hunger pangs or energy loss because they are already being supplied by thousands of calories of their own stored fat! If you do happen to notice some hair loss while on the HCG diet, it's important to make sure you are implementing these two things correctly first: Make sure you are FOLLOWING the diet. The #1 reason individuals may possibly see some hair loss on HCG is simply because they are not completing the HCG diet correctly. Any type of cheating on the protocol (yes, even a small bite here and there) brings your body out of ketosis, or the "fat-burning" stage. Your body then loses the protection of the HCG , and without the fat being pulled for energy, the body will consider itself in starvation. Even eating 800 calories, for example, Continue reading >>

Does A Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss Or Thinning Hair?

Does A Ketogenic Diet Cause Hair Loss Or Thinning Hair?

Short Answer: Maybe but it is very rare and usually reverses in a month or 2 I first became aware that hair loss was possible for some people on Keto when one of the women in our 28 Day Challenge room complained of it a few months ago. I thought it was an odd symptom but significant enough to begin to do a little research on how common it is or at least if other people complained of it and what I found was interesting enough to merit a blog post so let’s take a look. What is the Science? The first thing I did was to go looking for a few scientific papers on the phenomenon and they are very tough to find. The only one I can see where hair loss is suggested as a side-effect of Keto was The Ketogenic Diet: Adolescents Can Do It, Too, an incredibly interesting paper where teenaged epileptics were put on a Ketogenic diet to see what would happen to the frequency of their seizures. While it appears that the results were overwhelmingly positive, in the side effects section, we get this paragraph: Two individuals reported an increase in seizure activity; two, thinning hair and/or hair loss, both of which were corrected with vitamin supplementation; two, increased bruising or bleeding; and two, subjective reports of stunted growth. (This was out of 45 participants) Why did this happen? Here’s what we know. Any Dietary Change can Result in Hair Loss Sometimes, our bodies aren’t thrilled with changes to our diet no matter how healthy the new way of eating is. It’s not unheard of to see a little hair loss in the first month or 2 or any new diet. It’s almost never anything to be afraid of as the issue usually reverses itself fairly quickly once your body adapts to its new reality. Low Calories can cause Hair Loss When this study turned to reporting the weight loss of its p Continue reading >>

Zinc And Hair Loss

Zinc And Hair Loss

Testimonies of the Day Another great 30 day Accelerated testimony: “I got compliments on my HAIR today at work. There is NEW hair growth, it’s not as lifeless. I laugh now and feel happy. I’m firing on all cylinders for the first time in I don’t know when, I’m losing weight and have energy but most important my mood is the best it’s been in, forever. It took such a huge leap of faith to buy your services. I’ve been down the rabbit hole so many times I could cry! I went off the HCG early to start your program and boy, I am glad I did. Now I eat and feel full. I feel awake when I should feel awake and sleep great when I need to. Today my time of the month came and NO pms which was awesome. It dawned on me when I was at the grocery store the other day, I thought to myself, wow….I don’t need or want half of this stuff in here anymore!! I really like this and feel like the recipes you supply are enough for me to sustain on and be happy with. I think people at work are wondering why I’m so chipper and laughing a lot too. Haha” – Donna Photo Testimony: Do you or someone you know suffer from an auto immune disease? Alopecia is an auto immune disorder is close to my heart. One client really sticks out in my mind. Kiki, was a middle-aged woman who came into my office. I saw her often in the weight lifting class that I take three times a week, but I never talked to her. It was impossible to ignore that she always wore a bandana on her head, but I never knew why. Her story is that in her 20’s she started losing her hair and by the time she came into my office, it was completely gone. I love this story because Kiki was a professor so I never saw her at the gym during the school year. After 6 months of my anti-inflammatory, keto-adapted, gluten free diet, Ki Continue reading >>

Low Carb Diet & Hair Loss

Low Carb Diet & Hair Loss

Low-carb diets limit carbohydrate intake by removing foods such as bread, rice and pasta from the diet. These types of diet may also remove many fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Depending on the type of diet chosen, participants may consume large quantities of protein-rich foods, such as meats, eggs and dairy to compensate for the missing carbohydrates. A possible side effect of a low carb diet, according to After 50 Health, is hair loss. To understand how a low carb diet might cause hair loss, one should be aware of what hair is and how it grows. Hair Structure Hair is composed of two parts: the strand and the root. The root is a small bulb of living tissue that sits below the surface of the skin inside a pocket called a follicle. The follicle provides the root with nutrients and oxygen through a network of tiny blood vessels. The strand is the visible part of the hair and is non-living tissue. The strand is made of long chains of a protein called keratin and has three layers: the medulla, cortex and cuticle. The cuticle is the outer layer of the hair, it resembles layered scales and protects the cortex and medulla from damage. Hair Growth Hair has two growth phases: The anagen phase and the telogen phase. During the anagen, or growth, phase the hair grows steadily for two or three years. During this phase, the hair can grow as much as 1/2 inch per month, depending on heredity and other factors. During the telogen, or resting, phase the hair stops growing for up to three months. Approximately 10 percent of all hairs go into resting phase, while the remaining 90 percent stay in the growing phase. At the end of the resting period, the resting hairs go back into the anagen phase, where new hair starts growing and pushes the old hair out of the follicle. Dieting and Ha Continue reading >>

Hair Loss And Diet

Hair Loss And Diet

I'm a 22 year old male, been mostly paleo since the end of January. Just the past few week or two, I've noticed more hair on my pillow and coming off my head in the shower. It's not balding in a single patch on my head, and but there is definitely more hair coming off my head on a day to day basis. I didn't expect to go bald because my maternal grandfather never did. Could this be a temporary phenomenon related to stress / diet? Has anyone else experienced a hair change while going paleo? I also have recently changed to not shampooing as often and using only doctor bronner's soap. Any info would be appreciated. Continue reading >>

Stop Hair Loss During Weight Loss By Taking Vitamins And Supplements Vs Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth Vs Adding Regular Scalp And Hair Treatments ... And 1 More

Stop Hair Loss During Weight Loss By Taking Vitamins And Supplements Vs Eating Diet Foods That Support Hair Growth Vs Adding Regular Scalp And Hair Treatments ... And 1 More

One of the most challenging aspects of losing weight is facing the hair loss that is often the result of: Eating a diet that is restricted in calories as this causes your body to stop sending nutrients to "unnecessary" bodily functions such as growing hair to ensure that other autonomic functions and systems keep working Eating a diet that is restricted in fat, as this causes hair follicles to stop producing the sebum that nourishes strong, flexible hair that resists breakage Eating a diet that has you eating the same foods every day, thus causing hair loss due to missing vitamins and nutrients Eating a diet that restricts protein intake, such as a vegetarian weight loss regimen that forbids meat, as hair is made entirely of protein Eating a diet with no dairy, which can affect magnesium and calcium levels needed to grow hair Failing to eat foods that may be keeping your hormones in balance so that byproducts from normal biochemical actions in your body (such as the sex hormone DHT) do not build up and cause hair loss No matter what type of diet you are on, there are some dietary and lifestyle measures that you can take to minimize the inevitable hair thinning, fallout and patchy balding that can be the result of dieting. The cause of hair thinning and hair loss in dieters is malnutrition. Make sure that the supplement includes all A, C, D, E and all the B vitamins as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese and zinc. You can mix it in juice or water if you like. Silicon gel contains silicon, which helps growing hair absorb minerals that may be lacking in a low-calorie or no diary diet such as calcium, magnesium, selenium and magnesium. Biotin is essential for hair growth and it helps the hair follicles absorb other vitamins, but especially the B vitamins that Continue reading >>

Video: What Happened To My Hair On Keto

Video: What Happened To My Hair On Keto

Whether you’re eating high-fat, keto right now, are looking into it, or have experienced issues with your hair in the past, you’ll want to tune into this week’s video. I’m breaking it all down sharing how eating keto affected my hair. How severely low-carb, keto, carb backloading, carb ups and becoming Fat Fueled has changed my hair from frizzy and dry to nourished and healthy (and which step has been the most transformational). Plus, steps to boost the health of your hair no matter where you’re at. For video transcription, scroll down. Highlights… The importance of carbs for strong, thick hair. The importance of fats for gloriously nourished hair. What to do if you’re losing hair (and how long to do it to notice results). Resources… What has your hair done since eating more fat? VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION Hey, you guys, my tights match my outfit today, and I’m even wearing business socks for you. This never happens and I like to switch it up, like business tights, Lou Lemon action, business socks. Usually, I wear indoor shoes because my acupuncturist says that it’s like good for my chi or something. I don’t know. She is awesome so I trust her. Usually it’s like business on the top and PJs on the bottom. In fact, most times I have like my hair over here and no makeup and I look like a witch most of the time and my husband will leave in the morning, kiss me goodbye and then he’ll come home and he’s like, you look exactly the same as when I left like 14 hours ago. Story of my life, the struggle is real. We’re not here to talk about how I need to be on a makeover show with all of my crazy outfits and the fact that I live in pajamas, we’re here to talk about hair and my hair has done some really crazy, awesome things over the last year and a half. O Continue reading >>

The Truth About Low Carbohydrate Diets And Hair Loss

The Truth About Low Carbohydrate Diets And Hair Loss

Read Time: 15 minutes Will A Low Carb Diet Stop Your Hair Loss? In 2012, I did a four-month test to see if a ketogenic / low-carbohydrate diet would stop my hair loss. This article uncovers my experience: why I did it, what went wrong, and my biggest takeaways from “low-carbing”. By the end, you should know: The connection between ketosis, heart health, and hair loss How a low-carbohydrate diet might HELP and HURT your hair My biggest low-carb mistake (hint: it’s one that almost everyone makes) My advice for anyone trying a ketogenic diet and worried about hair shedding Low-Carbohydrate Diets: The Latest Trend Or A Fitness Holy Grail? When I first heard about a low carbohydrate diet, I thought I was talking to a crazy person. It was 2012, and I was standing across from a Cross-Fitter. He rambled on about how (in two months) his new low-carb diet miraculously cleared up his acne, helped him shed 10 pounds, and even improved his mental acuity. I walked home thinking he was brainwashed. But I soon read hundreds of online testimonials from low-carbohydrate dieters. They all shared this Cross-Fitters’ anecdotes: rapid weight loss, clearer skin, better energy. Then came a series of studies supporting everyone’s claims. Low carbohydrate diets… …are associated with marked neurological improvements in epilepsy, dementia, and Alzheimer sufferers. …may delay or even suppress tumor growth in cancer patients. …could help prevent coronary heart disease – even more so than low-fat diets. That last point got me wondering… Given heart disease’s correlation with pattern hair loss, and given that I’d yet to find a solution to my hair thinning, then maybe a low-carbohydrate diet might help me stop or reverse my hair loss. The only way to know? To test and find out Continue reading >>

Hair Loss And Exante: Why Exante Isn’t Causing Your Hair Loss

Hair Loss And Exante: Why Exante Isn’t Causing Your Hair Loss

So stressed that your hair is falling out? We know diets can be stressful but we also don’t believe they should make your hair fall out! Here at Exante HQ we receive numerous queries relating to hair loss, particularly when people are on our Total Solution plan. So, as always we want to ensure we’re listening to all of you lovely people and helping you understand what might be causing hair loss while on your new weight loss plan. A biotin deficiency can often lead to hair loss, therefore biotin is a vitamin that is commonly recommended for hair growth. Therefore there are many biotin supplements out there aimed to prevent hair loss or thinning. This is why we’ve included biotin in our products as we know the importance of healthy hair (and skin) as well as a healthy lifestyle. So what is causing my hair loss? We are all aware of the benefits of a low-calorie diet, how it can reduce body fat and in turn reduce the risks of developing conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, this rapid reduction in calories can also stimulate other changes in our body which are less desirable. The British Thyroid foundation discusses that many different conditions may lead to hair loss; some hair loss is part of normal life. Women after childbirth and at the time of the menopause can lose hair and almost every man will lose some hair by the time of reaching adulthood. Elderly males and females will develop baldness of various degrees, which is largely determined by genetic factors. Along with this, human scalp hair does not grow continuously. Studies demonstrate that calorie restrictive diets can inhibit thyroid function, and it is thyroid function that is linked to our hair health. The thyroid is your body’s center for hormone regulation and if there is a Continue reading >>

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