It's common knowledge that belly fat puts us at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes, but could there be a link between abdominal fat and hair loss? Intensive research may have discovered a link between belly fat and hair loss, which could change the way hair loss conditions are being treated, as well as potentially helping to deal with obesity.
A Powerful Link
According to the latest research, the protein responsible for the activation of hair follicle growth could inhibit the production of fat. This is the first research of it’s kind in the world to link the hair growth cycle to fluctuations in body fat.
Abdominal fat and hair loss: an insight
We all know that diet is an important factor in the development of hair loss, but does this latest research prove that belly fat causes hair loss?
Excessive abdominal fat can impact on your endocrine system, by causing your body to produce excess levels of androgen; a hormone which is present naturally in small quantities in the body. A sensitivity to the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can actually cause genetic hair loss.
Otherwise known as pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia, this type of hereditary condition is the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women, and affects the top of the head.
So what can we do about it?
Healthy eating, portion control and gentle exercise is key.