Can Hair Loss be Caused by Weight Lifting and Increase in Testosterone Levels?April 7th, 2008
Q: My son, 25 years old, is seeing hair loss around the hairline. According to your website, he is probably a stage II. He may have a little hair loss at the vertex; right now it is hard to tell. He is very muscular and loves weight lifting, but no drug enhancement. Is there a relationship between weight lifting and hair loss, since I have read that weight lifting increases testosterone levels?
A: Yes, weight lifting does increase testosterone, which in turn increases DHT. This can accelerate hair loss, although the effect is generally very slight.
Rather than modify his exercise program, your son may want to consider taking finasteride (Propecia). This requires a doctor’s prescription.Related Posts:
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Topic: Causes of Hair Loss
Tags: Body Building, DHT, Norwood Class 2 Hair Loss, Norwood Hair Loss Classification, Propecia (Finasteride), Testosterone, Weight Lifting Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on April 7th, 2008 at 8:36 am