Is My Fitness Workout Causing My Hair Loss

Personally fitness is my “medication” to reduce stress and anxiety. This helps prevent my Alopecia Areata “flare-ups” that would be triggered from high stressful moments. Ever since I had my own experience with hair loss, I cannot help but look at everyone’s hair at any given moment, wondering if they know about the cause of their loss.

Surprisingly the environment where I see most hair loss is in the gym. Mainly your gym regulars who you would think would be the healthiest people on the planet. Hair loss is actually a common experience for men and women who have a gym routine.


When it comes Alopecia Areata, which is an autoimmune disorder, a regular fitness routine is a great tool to relieve stress. However, when it comes to Androgenetic Alopecia why is the gym a common place for hair loss?

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

This starts with the term DHT which is abbreviation for a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone. Testosterone and Estrogen convert into DHT which contributes to male/female pattern baldness as well as acne. Everyone, male and female, produces DHT but it is whether or not you are sensitive to the hormone.

For those who excessively exercise, use testosterone, or testosterone replacements (steroids) to boost their workout may notice an increase in hair loss. Simply saying, the more testosterone you increase the more DHT is produced.



Now on to the good news… you don’t have to give up the gym to save those luscious locks. It starts with educating yourself on your hair loss with available preventative hair recovery treatments. One of National Hair Loss patient Paula Sanders sheds light on her personal experience of hair loss and life in the fitness world.

Patient Testimony – NPC Fitness Competitor

“I am 56 years old and I am a Natural NPC figure competitor. I began body building approx. 5 years ago!  After intense training I began to see changes in my body that I never thought was possible. I was then recruited by a BB team who encouraged me to compete. I was an athlete my whole life so competing came natural to me. I was quite new to the sport and a bit naïve. I soon realize that taking steroids was a common practice in the bodybuilding field. I myself Am totally against this for many reasons. Women who take steroids can at times look very masculine. There are also some serious side effects one which includes hair loss as well as voice changes. I come in contact with many women who are experiencing hair loss as a result of increasing the testosterone in their body. I have genetic alopecia so for women like me taking testosterone would exacerbate this genetic disorder.  Going thru menopause and several surgeries exacerbated my alopecia. I then came in contact with National Hair Loss who put me on a program that has been allowing me to restore my hair and decrease the loss. The fitness industry needs to be aware that hair loss can be a serious side   Affect when taking steroids especially if you’re pre-disposed to alopecia. I think it’s important for women and men to be aware of this and proceed with caution because in some instances hair loss cannot be reversed!” – Paula Sanders


Written by: Stephen Madaus, California Division Leader


Source: UK’s Sunday Express article explains how fitness and DHT may not be your best friend when it comes to the health of your hair.


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