Hair Loss Linked to Lifestyle, Study Shows

If you’ve read about alopecia before, it’s probably been in relation to men and how they deal with it. In a unique study, however, women of Egyptian descent were studied to see if their alopecia could be linked to any additional factors.

Typically, we thought there wasn’t much one could do about alopecia; if there was no identifiable cause, we typically consider it hereditary. But as this study showed, the risk for obesity and hypertension were increased 3.5-fold and 5.6-fold respectively. In addition, a positive correlation between early female pattern hair loss and waist circumference was also observed.

This tells us that alopecia may be linked to our lifestyle more than we think. For men who have hair loss at a young age, these factors could play a significant role in trying to reverse the effects of dealing with alopecia in the long run. “You are what you eat” may just apply to everything about us - including our hair!

If you’re suffering from alopecia - whether you’re male or female - take time to take a step back and examine your lifestyle. How high in saturated fat is your diet? Do you exercise regularly? While alopecia can be hereditary, if you can get a handle on factors that can actually be in your control, I would urge you to make the effort to identify them and see how they affect your condition.


Association of Metabolic Syndrome With Female Pattern Hair Loss in Women: A Case-Control Study

Int. J. Dermatol 2016 Apr 07;[EPub Ahead of Print], MH El Sayed, MA Abdallah, DG Aly, NH Khater

If you are concerned about alopecia and want to speak to a provider, please visit our Dermatology specialists at one of our locations in Middle Tennessee: Nashville, Franklin, Columbia, and Pulaski.

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

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