A recent article in the Deccan Herald and carried on their website could prove controversial after alluding to a link between excessive exercise and hair loss. If you are a fitness fanatic, then this article could be of interest to you. Apparently, scientists have found a link between excessive exercise and some common types of hair loss. This phenomenon affects both men and women. If you are planning to embark on an exercise regime in the New Year, read this article to find out if you could be putting your hairline in jeopardy.

What is excessive exercise?

To find out whether you are at risk for losing your hair due to your exercise habit, it’s paramount to have a definition of “excessive” exercise. The article in question didn’t really offer a definition in terms of frequency or intensity of physical activity. However, the article highlighted the following symptoms of excessive indulgence:

  • Ineffective results from the exercise
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Chronic fatigue

How does this work?

Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss that occurs when the hair growth cycle is disrupted. This disruption forces the hair follicles to enter the dormant or rest state and hair growth ceases. Telogen effluvium manifests itself as hair falling out in clumps. Exercise can result in extreme stress on the body, affecting hormone levels including testosterone.

It’s not all doom and gloom

The article does not discount the health benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle. Diet is a key component of exercise. It is vital to ensure the body is receiving the right type of fuel in terms of protein, carbohydrates, nutrients, and vitamins. When you are combining a balanced diet with exercise then the impact of the exercise on your body and on your hair is reduced. There is a benefit in doing everything in moderation and that includes exercising.

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