Does Bodybuilding cause Hair loss? | Exercise, Gym and Baldness Facts

Hello Friends and Patients! In today’s episode we will answer two frequently
asked questions on hair loss in men – Does body building cause hair loss and do creatine
supplements for body building lead to baldness. Coming up! Having done so many episodes on DHT and hair
loss, most of you may develop misconceptions that DHT – Dihydrotestosterone is some evil
androgen hormone that serves no purpose in the body but to make our prostates bigger
and cause baldness. But infact the actual situation is much more
complex. For some people, reducing or eliminating DHT
may be the only concern but for some other people keeping DHT levels under control may
be the best option. To understand whether body building causes
premature baldness, You need to know the differences in the functions of DHT – dihydrotestosterone
and its precursor Testosterone. This is really important, please watch it
till the end. Well, We have discussed the functions of DHT
on our body in detail in our previous episode. You can watch that from an end screen link
or from a link in description below. To quickly sum up DHT is biologically important
for: 1. Sexual differentiation into a male foetus
during embryogenesis, 2. Maturation of the penis and scrotum at puberty,
3. Growth of facial and body hair after puberty. 4. Development and maintenance of the prostate
gland and seminal vesicles. 5. Lastly the negative one: That’s Receding
Hairline and Male Pattern Baldness by gradually miniaturizing the hair follicles. DHT – Dihydrotestosterone is produced from
the prohormone testosterone by the action of enzyme 5α-reductase in selected tissues,
like in the genitals, prostate gland, seminal vesicles, skin, and hair follicles. Now, Let’s quickly sum up the Functions
of the hormone Testosterone. It’s important for:
1. Sperm production and Male Fertility
2. Muscle and Bone development – Remember this. 3. Voice Deepening from puberty onwards
4. Acne and sebum production
5. Libido and Erections. You can clearly see Testosterone is important
for Muscle and bone development function. It is also important to understand that even
though testosterone is the active androgen in muscle, and DHT exhibits relatively little
direct anabolic effects on muscle in men, DHT is still very important for the full performance
enhancement effects from testosterone. What I specifically mean here are the effects
of DHT on the central nervous system that lead to increased neurological efficiency
(strength or power of muscles), and it’s also important for increased resistance to
psychological and physical stress and finally for optimal sexual function and libido. Hence you notice adverse effects of DHT blockers
like finasteride on long term use in a small percentage of hairloss patients. Now let’s Answer the question – Why do
most body builders get bald early? There are bodybuilders who do not use steroids
or exogenous testosterone and build muscle naturally, And then there are professional
bodybuilders who use a muscle building drugs that are high in testosterone. Natural ways of body building like lifting
heavy weights and weight training programs increase the circulating testosterone levels
and help in muscle development. But anything in excess is converted to DHT
and may cause some hair loss. But according to studies High levels of testosterone
specially the exogenous formulations or steriods can cause increase in levels of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)
which can induce premature male pattern baldness in body builders. But remember, baldness is multifactorial,
the most important factor being your genes. Remember those with DHT sensitive hair follicles
and not everyone will go bald and this is genetically programmed. Now, the next question: Do Creatine supplements
for muscle building cause hair loss? Creatine is one of the most widely used bodybuilding
supplements. It’s naturally found in animal products
like red meat, but can be easily purchased as a supplement from any drug store. Many studies have shown creatine to increase
muscle strength and athletic performance. A 2009 study published in the Clinical Journal
of Sports Medicine says that creatine may increase the conversion of testosterone to
dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and may accelerate male pattern baldness in genetically predisposed
individuals. Remember, Creatine in addition to hair loss
can cause kidney failure in many body builders. So, there you have it folks! Please hit a thumbs up if you found the video
helpful. Do comment below with your thoughts and queries. Consider subscribing if you are new to the
channel. Stay Healthy!

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