It’s no secret that I’m an advocate for
creatine supplementation. The performance benefits are well-documented
and most consistent out of all performancesupplements. But, there’s one thing that people are concerned
about. Will creatine cause you to lose your hair?Unfortunately, there might be some level of
truth to it. And, it boils down to one key hormone:
Dihydrogentestosterone, aka DHT. DHT can act on local receptors causing a shrinking
effect of your scalp follicles, eventuallyclosing out said follicles from producing
any more hair. One study back in 2009 found markedly high
increases of DHT with creatine supplementation. Rugby players given 25 grams of creatine monohydrate
per day for 7 days as a loading phase hada 56% increased level of DHT. At maintenance of 5 grams of creatine per
day for 14 days, DHT levels remained elevatedby 40%. Interestingly, it also increased DHT to T
ratio, T for testosterone, even though testosteronelevels did not change. This suggests an accelerating effect of DHT
production since DHT is metabolized from testosteroneand the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. Outside of this study, though, not much else
in research exists. And, even if it creatine does affect DHT levels,
it remains to be seen if this has any directeffect to actual hair loss, considering that
DHT levels do rise naturally. Exercise itself can increase DHT levels by
as much as 30 percent. But there’s one caveat bearing the most
importance: The only time that DHT might leadto hair loss is if you’re already susceptible
to hair loss or Male Pattern Baldness, whichhas a strong genetic factor. If you have a family history of hair loss,
then sure, you might want to think twice abouttaking creatine if you want to avoid accelerating
your hair loss. Otherwise, chances are, creatine won’t affect
your hair at all. For those of you that are concerned but want
to continue taking creatine, you might wantto consider looking up DHT-blocking interventions
like Finasteride, which inhibits the enzyme5-alpha reductase mentioned earlier. Of course, make sure you check with your doctor
before anything else. But again, there still needs to be more research
on this and more importantly showing a directeffect on hair loss when taking Creatine. For now, after knowing the potential risk,
whether you should continue taking creatine…is completely up to you. If you have a creatine hair loss story or
think the research is right and you shouldskip your next creatine purchase, share your
thoughts in the comments below. As always, thank you for watching and get
your protein!


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