According to Statista, there are over 7.2 thousand gyms or fitness clubs in the UK with over 10 million members. We are a nation addicted to looking and feeling good. There are several advantages to building muscle at the gym, but is there also a disadvantage – could weightlifting be accelerating hair loss?
Males who diligently lift weights to build muscle mass may be unknowingly increasing their hair loss. DHT is a by-product of testosterone that causes hair loss. Learn about the impact of DHT and how it relates to people with receding hairlines who go to the gym.
Lifting weights and DHT
A man's testosterone levels may be enhanced or reduced at the gym by a variety of activities. Cardio is thought to lower testosterone levels, whereas weightlifting is thought to increase muscle production and has an increasing effect on testosterone levels. In general, men have more testosterone in their systems. 5-alpha reductase is an enzyme that transforms approximately 10% of testosterone in all people into DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). Although this process is natural, DHT plays a major role in hair loss.
DHT attaches itself to hair follicle receptor cells in men who are prone to male pattern baldness, preventing the absorption of critical minerals. Hair thinning occurs as a result of this process. The hair follicles shrink over time, the hair thins, and eventually stops growing.
By going hard on the weights at the gym and increasing the testosterone and DHT, weight lifters and bodybuilders with the right genetics can risk an earlier onset of hair loss including shedding and male pattern baldness.
What are the solutions?
If you are already experiencing hair loss and are concerned about it, there are several things you can try to reduce or stop the severity. These solutions fall into two main categories; control and correct.
Talk to an expert
What you are going through is a normal process for many men and women in the UK. But to suffer in silence is not the answer. When it comes to hair loss, the more hair you lose, the more you need to transplant in a hair transplant to get back to where you were before you started losing hair. This is one of the most important things in combating hair loss, to stop losing hair. Talk to a hair loss specialist at Gro to find out what your options are to stop your hair loss now and correct it.
Hair loss medication
One of the best ways to control (slow and stop) your hair loss is with daily topical or oral hair loss medication. The goal of medication is not to regrow your hair as the medication is not the best for this, it can only control hair loss. The goal of hair loss medication is to stop or reduce hair loss and save the hair you have.
Adjust your gym workout
Increasing your cardio and reducing the amount of weights in your routine may assist to lower levels of testosterone and DHT in your body. Avoiding supplements (including shakes) that include substances like creatine or DHEA can also help to minimise testosterone levels.
Microsurgery hair transplant
The other major tool we have in the fight against hair loss is to correct hair loss. Gro Manchester offers one of the most minimally invasive microsurgery hair transplants in the UK. This means less time off work, faster recovery and natural-looking results. Put simply, life-changing results can be achieved in a single day.
The hair restoration procedure involves harvesting 100% of your own hair and moving follicles from the back or sides of the head (follicles that are resistant to balding) to areas with thinning and loss. There are major advantages to the Gro Microsurgery technique, for full information on this see the article "Hair Transplant Techniques - FUT vs FUE vs Gro Microsurgery"
Book Your Consultation
So if you have starting to shed hair, or you have a family history of male pattern balding, the most important thing to do is to act early. Book a free consultation with a Gro hair growth specialist in the Manchester clinic or online.
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