Stop Hair Loss With Exercise: Fact or Fiction

Today, it seems a sports club or a gym are on every corner of every major city in the world. We’re living in the age of fitness and just about anything can be cured with exercise right? Well this depends on the ailments and conditions. It’s true that many obesity related conditions can be treated and cured with exercise and a strict diet. But hair loss is another story. In this article, we will go over the possibility of hair loss being treated with exercise.

What Causes Hair Loss

There is no definitive answer because there are several different causes of hair loss. Hair loss can be caused by a dietary deficiency, immune system conditions and even stress can cause temporary baldness. However, the most common form of hair loss is androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss. Hereditary hair loss is a genetic susceptibility to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Hair follicles contain an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which is responsible for converting testosterone in to DHT through the blood stream. DHT binds to the androgen receptors on the hair follicle and essentially shrinks the hair follicle over time until it no longer grows. This process is called “miniaturization” or thinning.


How Can Exercise Treat Hair Loss

Well it’s been said that exercise improves blood circulation and this may improve the blood circulation and oxygen to the hair follicles. However, there is no real scientific evidence that this is true. In fact, some studies show that too much exercise can raise cortisol levels and cause Hair shedding. While exercise is great for overall health and wellness, it does nothing to treat hereditary related hair loss. Temporary balding conditions such as telogen effluvium (shock loss) can be caused by stress and stress may be reduced by exercise. However, hair loss caused by stress is not a permanent condition and typically resolves on its own without any treatment.


While the thought of crunching away a bald spot or receded hairline sounds enticing, sadly, this is fiction. There is only one way to completely restore hair on a bald scalp and that is through surgical hair restoration. The days of “barbie doll” hair plugs are long gone. Hair transplant surgery is now a refined surgical technique that produces natural results that are virtually undetectable. Most prospective patients interested in having a hair transplant procedure join popular hair loss forums where they can ask questions, see unbiased reviews and review surgeons.


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