How Bodybuilding Can Help You Cope With Male Pattern Baldness!

Though bodybuilding can't prevent hair loss it can change the way you look at yourself. Bodybuilding can build your self-esteem to new heights... So how is male pattern baldness diagnosed? Learn more.

Article Summary:
  • Hair loss has been attributed to genetics, but there are other factors.
  • Proper diet can improve hair quality and prevent some loss.
  • Over the counter products can stop, slow, or reverse hair loss.
  • In anatomy class in high school I learned that a man's maternal grandfather held his future hair history. In other words, if a man's maternal grandfather was bald, well, he was destined for baldness as well. But, in reality, the equation isn't quite that simple.


    What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

    Male pattern baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men. It typically starts with a receding hairline and thinning on the crown. Hormones and genetic predisposition are the culprits in male pattern baldness.

    Male Pattern Baldness Is The Most Common Type Of Hair Loss In Men.
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    Male Pattern Baldness Is The Most
    Common Type Of Hair Loss In Men.

    Each hair on our head grows for about 2 to 6 years, remains at that length, and then falls out (I know, you are wondering about Paris Hilton's hair - it's called extensions).

    A new hair pops up in place of the old one. So that means some of the hair on your head isn't actually growing. And, in men who are going bald, the follicle on their scalp shrinks over time leading to shorter and finer hair. Over time the follicle fails to grow new hair.

    Hair loss that doesn't follow this typical pattern but instead falls out in patches or is associated with redness, scaling or pain could be due to something other than male pattern baldness.

    So how is male pattern baldness diagnosed? Typically this is done based on the appearance and pattern of hair loss.

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    How Bodybuilding Can Help You Cope With Male Pattern Baldness

    Bodybuilding builds traits that can help you deal with hair loss:


    Bodybuilding Boosts Your Self-Esteem:

      The only side effect of male patterned baldness (aside from hair loss that is) is the psychological stress and/or drop in self-esteem that some people experience with the change in their appearance.

      Luckily as a bodybuilder, your self-esteem isn't only tied to your hair or looks. Instead, you've developed a sense of pride in your body and what it can do. You feel stronger every day and regardless of how your workday went, you know that a great workout will give you a fantastic feeling of accomplishment.

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      There's a reason so many men in the gym completely shave their head - their self-esteem is no longer tied to how much hair they have.


    Bodybuilders Take Care Of Themselves:

      Though male pattern baldness isn't tied to your diet, the quality of your hair may be. And some hair loss may be due to a poor diet.

      As a bodybuilder though, you take the right supplements and eat a very healthy diet. A diet rich in healthy fats (monounsaturated fat rich olive oil, avocados, omega-3 rich fatty fish) and supplemented with quality B vitamins and minerals.

      The B vitamin biotin, as well as the mineral zinc may help attenuate hair loss. Though biotin is found in many foods, food processing can destroy biotin.

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    Additional Tips To Help You Fight Male Pattern Baldness

    If you feel good about your hair or hair loss or feel comfortable shaving it off then treatment isn't necessary. However, the following approaches are typically recommended:

    • Hair weaving or hairpieces.
    • Hair transplants - this is a great and permanent way to help treat hair loss. Tiny plugs of hair are removed from areas where hair is growing nicely and transplanted into other areas where balding is occurring, to help stimulate growth.
    • Rogaine - this OTC drug can slow hair loss and may even help you grown new hair.
    • Propecia, Proscar - this is a prescription that inhibits production of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone. It helps slow hair loss and therefore must be taken continuously or hair loss will typically return at the same rate when you stop taking it.

    If You're Comfortable With It Try Shaving Your Head.
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    If You're Comfortable With
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    Conclusion

    Though bodybuilding can't prevent hair loss it can change the way you look at yourself. Bodybuilding can build your self-esteem to new heights and change your entire outlook. Soon hair will seem like an accessory that you are totally fine without.

    There's a reason the saying "bald is beautiful" came about and women gush over Michael Jordon, Bruce Willis and Vin Diesel and it isn't because of their hair. It's their attitude and confidence that women love.

    About The Author:

    Marie Spano is a leading authority on translating the latest nutrition and exercise science research into real life applications. Ms. Spano has also helped Olympic athletes; NFL-bound athletes and Fortune 500 executives enhance their health and performance through sound nutrition practices. She is a regular contributor to bodybuilding.com. For more information see: www.mariespano.com.

    References:

    1. Male Pattern Baldness. NIH. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001177.htm
    2. Zinc. Micronutrient information center. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/minerals/zinc/

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    Marie Spano, MS, RD, Vice President of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) is a registered dietitian with a MS in Nutrition and BS in Exercise and Sports Science. She consults with professional, recreational and collegiate athletes.
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