Obesity has been linked to the most common form of hair loss, accounting for over 90% of all cases. Is the link real and what can be done about it? We look closer. 

 

Obesity

Labelled a western pandemic, obesity is becoming the scourge of health systems. Across the developed world, conditions associated with obesity are causing real problems. Diabetes is on the rise, an issue that develops as the body develops a resistance to insulin, more on that later though. This is a direct result of a diet high in fats and sugar. The rise in average body weight became exponential in the late 20th Century as food and drink producers found ways to combine sugar and fat in ever more enticing ways. 

Obesity-Related Hair Loss

This form of hair loss is far from proven but there is enormous circumstantial evidence to make the link. Studies have noted that high BMI (body mass index) correlated with male pattern baldness to indicate that the link existed. That sort of anecdotal evidence is supported by medical theory. This suggests that the close relationship between insulin and IGF-1 with peptide hormones could lead to trouble. They could combine to produce increased amounts of the type of testosterone that leads to pattern baldness. 

Top Tip

The issue of obesity and its treatment is among the most vexed questions of our age. It plays into discussions around public health and what responsibilities the major food producers should take. While the advice on reducing weight can be bewildering at times, there are simple changes we can all make. A healthier diet probably top of the list. Small changes can make a difference, one such might be curcumin. The theory around curcumin goes that it makes good fat cells out of bad ones, a kind of spicy evangelist for your system. If so, then it can promote the breakdown of fat and maybe even reduce cholesterol. 

HIS Hair Clinic

Research into the efficacy of curcumin clearly has a long way to go. As does the research into the link between obesity and hair loss. In truth, both have pretty compelling arguments to make them worthy of serious consideration. 

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By Ian Watson

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