Exercise, Weight loss and Hair loss

Exercise, Weight loss and Hair loss

There are 2 schools of thought here. One school believes that there is no relationship between exercising and hair loss and the other school believes that certain exercises do cause more hair fall. From my clinical experience I have found both to be true, because there are cases where a person starts exercising and loses more hair and there are other cases where such a thing does not happen.

I believe the differentiating factor here, which determines whether hair loss will occur or not, is the type of exercise that is done. For example, if the exercising is done with the idea of losing weight in a hurry, you can be very sure of developing hair fall. It’s a medical condition called Telogen Effluvium, and develops due to nutritional deficiency which is invariable with any program associated with quick weight loss, because you can never maintain the right balance of diet and lose weight fast at the same time.  Similarly certain exercises which aim at increasing your body muscles mass are also liable to cause hair fall. Here the causative factor is believed to be protein redistribution, where the body takes protein away from other parts of the body, hair being one such part, and redirects it to building the muscle mass. Even taking protein supplements in such cases, may not help, for the following reason – Proteins are composed of 22 amino acids. Most protein supplements have a good combination of these, but hair needs a specific combination of 4 amino acids and if your protein powder lacks even one of those, then it may help build a muscle mass, but wont help in controlling hair loss. Other factors which come into play are increased sweating and sebum secretion of the scalp. If your scalp is already oily, further increase in sebum secretion can also contribute to more hair loss. Therefore the safest forms of exercises are those aimed at simple fitness. If you do not plan to be a body builder, perhaps that is what you should look at.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.

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