📩 02/02/2023 15:59
A study in China found a possible link between high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and hair loss among young men.
Researchers from Tsinghua University analyzed the results of a survey of 27,8 Chinese men with an average age of 1.028 years. It turned out that about 57,6 percent of the participants had MPHL or male pattern hair loss. MPHL is the most common form of hair loss in men and accounts for about 95 percent of all hair loss experienced by men. It is known as thinning and/or loss of hair on the front or top of the scalp.
Sugar-sweetened beverages included in the survey included fruit juices, soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, sweetened milks, nut milks, sweetened teas and tea drinks, and coffee. 44,6 percent of respondents said they drank sugar-sweetened beverages more than seven times a week.
Researchers found that those who consumed more sugar-sweetened beverages had a higher risk of male pattern hair loss. The average weekly intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was 4.293 milliliters in the MPHL group versus 2.513 milliliters in the normal group.
The researchers say that higher amounts of sugar can lead to higher serum glucose concentrations, creating an overactive polyol pathway. This pathway is known as a place where glucose is converted to fructose. When the pathway is very active, it creates a picture that extends to diabetes. The study, published in the journal Nutrient, explained that there was an "overactive polyol pathway" of hair loss symptoms.
The researchers suggested that the younger population be cautious, emphasizing that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages can potentially have a negative impact on one's appearance. Researchers will deepen their work to confirm the existing relationship and provide information for health education.