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MALE-PATTERN BALDNESS

Several years ago I reported that the present treatment for male-pattern baldness is almost worthless and that male-pattern baldness may be caused by insulin resistance, which means that eating sugar and flour contribute to hair loss. The prevailing explanation, that baldness is caused a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone, does not tell us what men do to lose their hair at a young age.

A study in Lancet showed that male pattern baldness may be caused by insulin resistance. When you eat, your blood sugar level rises. To keep blood sugar levels from rising too high, your pancreas releases insulin which drives sugar from the blood into your cells. Some people can't respond to insulin so their blood sugar levels rise too high and then they produce way too much insulin that may cause both men and women to lose hair.

Men who are at high risk for male-pattern baldness store fat primarily in their bellies, rather than their hips; have high blood triglyceride levels, have low blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol that prevents heart attacks, have a family history of diabetes , and are at high risk for suffering a heart attack and eventually developing diabetes. They can help to prevent diabetes, heart attacks and possibly male pattern baldness by eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, and nuts; and by avoiding foods made with flour, white rice, milled corn and anything that has sugar added.

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7)Lancet, September 30, 2000, page 1165.

May 16th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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