Androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, is a mysterious condition. There is no definitive answer as to what causes it, but there are ways to help prevent it happening in the first place and to even help reverse it.
One treatment you should consider is an androgenetic alopecia diet. There have been numerous studies that show a possible link between the food you eat and the outbreak of male pattern baldness. Specifically, androgenic alopecia has been linked to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
Insulin Resistance And Male Pattern Baldness
Hormone levels in your body can cause many different side effects. Recent studies have shown that many men who experience early hair loss are more likely to also develop insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome.
Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome have both been linked to your eating habits. There are certain foods that will cause your insulin levels to rise. A sharp rise in insulin levels will also cause a rise in the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone attaches itself to the hair follicles and causes them to shrink. Once this happens, the follicle will continue to shrink until it can no longer produce hair.
Metabolic Syndrome And Hair Loss
Another diet-related cause of hair loss is metabolic syndrome. This is a term used for a group of medical conditions that include:
High blood pressure
High blood sugar
High serum triglycerides
Low HDL levels (this is the good cholesterol)
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, you have a greater chance of also experiencing hair loss.
A Simple Androgenic Alopecia Diet
One of the easiest ways to control your insulin levels is with diet. Foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates will cause your insulin levels to spike and should be avoided.
Foods to be avoided are as follows:
Refined breakfast cereals
On the surface, cutting out all these foods may seem like a restrictive diet, but it really is not. There are plenty of low-carb diets out there that offer a wide selection of tasty, nutritious food.
One of the most popular of these diets is the Paleo Diet. There are a number of books, blog posts, and videos out there to get you started on the right foot.
One simple way to get started on a solid androgenetic alopecia diet is to start at the supermarket. The next time you go grocery shopping only buy those items that are on display on the outside edges of the store. These are usually the meats, fish, fruits and vegetables. In other words, these are fresh, unprocessed foods.
Those foods that are in the middle of the store are usually in boxes, bags, and cans. They are also the most highly processed foods you can buy. They are also chocked full of sugar and carbohydrates, which will send your insulin levels through the roof.
Once you focus your food selections to this “U-shaped” section of the supermarket you will not only notice an increase in energy but you may also notice a slowdown, or even reversal, of hair loss.
While there is no “magic bullet” cure for hair loss, little changes in your diet and behavior can do wonders for your hairline.