August 12, 2020

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In today's video I'm going to share how some exercises can increase DHT levels whilst other exercises can lower DHT levels. 

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Let’s have a very quick recap on what DHT actually is. DHT stands for Dihydrotestosterone.

What is Dihydrotestosterone?


  • It’s responsible for developing male characteristics -maturation of the penis and scrotum at puberty, growth of facial, body and pubic hair, and  development and maintenance of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles.
  • High or excessive DHT levels are not the sole cause of hair loss.
  • It’s actuallyhair follicle DHT sensitivity.
  • In Genetically pre-disposed guys in certain areas on the scalp, their hair follicles are more sensitive to the effects of DHT

I’d really like to discuss the link between hair loss and exercises.

Exercise and Hair Growth

In general, exercise has a number of benefits for your hair:

  1. It enhances circulation. When you’ve got healthy, normal circulation, it means that all of the lovely vitamins and minerals from your food, your fruit, your green tea - it’s all making its way, via your blood to your scalp.
  2. Exercise helps to ensure that fats don’t build up in your veins and arteries so that those nutrients can get to your scalp,
  3. Exercise also helps to reduce Stress. research shows that Cortisol, the stress hormone can sometimes cause hair to prematurely shift into the shedding phase.

Hair transplant surgeon Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga toldExpress that some protein shakes cause an increase in testosterone and DHT, which can accelerate baldness.

But Dr Leona Yip, spokesperson for the Australasian College of Dermatologists, told Coach that protein shakes alone wouldn't accelerate balding – you would have to take anabolic steroids or supplements that contain testosterone or DHT.

And even then, you would have to have a family history of balding for it to have an affect.

"Protein shakes on their own is not a problem – it's only if it's testosterone based supplements," she says.

"If you were just doing weight lifting to build muscle, you wouldn't be able to produce enough androgens like testosterone and DHT to produce baldness – it has to be supplement mediated."

Can Creatine Cause Hair Loss

DermatologistDr Rod Sinclair told Coach that aside from taking anabolic steroids, very few lifestyle factors influence the rate of balding.

"Baldness is one of the strongest genetic traits," he says.

"Identical twins go bald at the same rate, age and pattern so they continue to look identical as they grow older. Diet, lifestyle and other environmental factors have very little influence."

Dr Yip says it's quite common for buff men to come into dermatologists' offices seeking treatment for balding.

"It's quite common in gym junkies and they often have acne as well," she says.

"They have usually done their own research and come in saying, 'I'm taking these supplements, is it causing me to bald quicker?' I ask them about their family history and there usually is one so it's likely the [steroid] supplements are accelerating their baldness and I advise they stop taking them."

If you're genetically predisposed to baldness, your hair follicles are more sensitive to testosterone and DHT hormones.

Weight lifting and hair loss

"It's not because there are higher levels in the bloodstream that is causing you to bald," Dr Yip says.

If you were predisposed to bald at 40 or 50, Dr Yip says taking these supplements could see you start getting a receding hairline at 20 or 30.

Stopping the supplements won't cause your hair to grow back. Rather, Dr Yip says you'll likely pause the balding where it's at until the age when you would have naturally gone bald.

If you stop the supplements, there are medications you can take to slow balding and stimulate some re-growth, but Dr Sinclair says you need to act sooner rather than later.

"There are good treatments so if people are concerned about hair loss, rather than focusing on their exercise regime or diet they can go and get treatment to stop the hair loss in its tracks or help re-growth," he says.

In 2017Dr Bessam Farjo, a UK based hair transplant surgeon stated that

“Whey protein exaggerates or accelerates the hair loss process because there is evidence it increases the level of testosteronewhen combined with muscle-building exercise.

Whey Protein causes Hair Loss

High levels of branched-chain amino acids in whey protein isolate - known as BCAA - play a significant role in raising testosterone levels, research has found.

Farjo also mentioned that his son was a regular gym goer and user of whey protein when he began to experience hair loss but since stopping Whey Protein his hair has regrown.

This reasoning was supported by a 2010 study. 

According to Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, a Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, there has been a surge in men experiencing accelerated hair loss due to the use of powdered protein and the activity they participate in at the gym. 

Reportedly, certain ingredients in protein shakes increase testosterone and a chemical called DHT, which has been linked to hair loss. 

Dr Kouremada-Zioga said: “Protein shakes will very often contain growth hormones such as Creatine and DHEA, which not only increase muscle mass, but also increase testosterone levels in the bloodstream. 

“Testosterone produces a chemical known as DHT, which actually contributes to baldness when the hair follicles become exposed to too much. Sadly, this is something that most men are unaware of, until they notice that their hair loss has already become more apparent.”

Creatine and Hair Loss

Dr Kouremada-Zioga said 70 per cent of male patients who come into her clinic are avid users of protein shakes. 

However the expert explained protein shakes are not the root of hair loss. 

She said: “It is important to distinguish between cause and effect here. Protein shakes do not cause hair loss. 

“They do, however, accelerate hair loss for those men who suffer with androgenetic hair loss or alternatively, those who are predisposed to balding, as many men are.”

And as for the choice of exercise? Lifting the heaviest weights may not always be best, according to the expert. 

According to Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, a Hair Transplant Surgeon at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, there has been a surge in men experiencing accelerated hair loss due to the use of powdered protein and the activity they participate in at the gym. 


Reportedly, certain ingredients in protein shakes increase testosterone and a chemical called DHT, which has been linked to hair loss. 


Dr Kouremada-Zioga said: “Protein shakes will very often contain growth hormones such as Creatine and DHEA, which not only increase muscle mass, but also increase testosterone levels in the bloodstream. 


“Testosterone produces a chemical known as DHT, which actually contributes to baldness when the hair follicles become exposed to too much. Sadly, this is something that most men are unaware of, until they notice that their hair loss has already become more apparent.”


Testosterone produces a chemical known as DHT, which actually contributes to baldness


Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga


Dr Kouremada-Zioga said 70 per cent of male patients who come into her clinic are avid users of protein shakes. 


However the expert explained protein shakes are not the root of hair loss. 


She said: “It is important to distinguish between cause and effect here. Protein shakes do not cause hair loss. 


“They do, however, accelerate hair loss for those men who suffer with androgenetic hair loss or alternatively, those who are predisposed to balding, as many men are.”


And as for the choice of exercise? Lifting the heaviest weights may not always be best, according to the expert. 


“Interestingly, the activity that men do in the gym can also potentially impact hair loss. While cardio will reduce the levels of DHT in the blood stream, excess weight lifting can increase testosterone levels and therefore accelerate hair loss. 

Whey Protein and Hair Loss

“I would therefore also advise those men who focus on lifting weights in the gym, to be mindful of just how much lifting they do and, where possible, to do more aerobic exercises.”


While the effects of protein on hair follicles cannot be reversed, the acceleration will be slowed down. 


Dr Kouremada-Zioga said: “I would advise men who are pre-disposed to balding to stop using protein shakes that contain growth factors and hormones. Instead, they should try and incorporate natural sources of protein into their diet such as chicken, fish and eggs. 

"Men should also ensure they are eating a healthy and balanced diet, which contains essential vitamins and minerals.”

British Hair Transplant doctor Dr Kouremada-Zioga also add thats “Protein shakes will very often contain growth hormones such as Creatine and DHEA, which not only increases muscle mass, but also increase testosterone levels in the bloodstream. 

“Testosterone produces a chemical known as DHT, 

“Interestingly, the activity that men do in the gym can also potentially impact hair loss. While cardiowill reduce the levels of DHT in the blood stream,excess weight lifting can increase testosterone levels and therefore accelerate hair loss.  

 “I would therefore also advise those men who focus on lifting weights in the gym, to be mindful of just how much lifting they do and, where possible, to do more aerobic exercises.”

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While the effects of protein on hair follicles cannot be reversed, the acceleration can be slowed down. 

Dr Kouremada-Zioga said: “I would advise men who are pre-disposed to balding to stop using protein shakes that contain growth factors and hormones.




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