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Hair Loss in Women and Insulin Resistance

A study from Finland showed that women at increased risk for diabetes are also at increased risk for male-pattern baldness.

Many studies show that men susceptible to diabetes are at increased risk for male pattern baldness, but this is the first to show the same risk for women. Signs of increased risk for diabetes include: storing fat primarily in the belly, rather than the hips; having high blood levels of triglycerides, having low blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol, having a blood level of HBA1C over 6, having microalbumin in the urine, or having a fatty liver.

Male-pattern baldness is seen in women who with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or any condition that raises testosterone blood levels. Women who are susceptible to diabetes often have very high levels of insulin, that cause the ovaries to produce large amounts of testosterone that causes male pattern baldness.
More on Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss, insulin resistance, and heredity in middle-aged women. A population-based study. Journal of Cardiovascular Risk, 2003, Vol 10, Iss 3, pp 227-231. V Matilainen, M Laakso, P Hirsso, P Koskela, U Rajala, S KeinanenKiukaanniemi. Keinanen-Kiukaanniemi S, Univ Oulu, Dept Publ Sci & Gen Practice, POB 5000, FIN-90014 Oulu, FINLAND

Checked 11/2/15

May 12th, 2013
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