Drinking popular drinks every day can accelerate a man's hair loss, scientists find | The Sun

MEN who consume certain drinks may have a higher risk of hair loss, experts have revealed.

Medics found that hair loss was 30 per cent more common in those who regularly drank energy drinks, and sweetened coffee and tea.

Those drinking sodas and sports drinks were also found to be at highter risk, the experts at Tsinghua University in Beijing found.

Writing in the journal Nutrients, they said that these men were consuming between one and three litres of these beverages each week.

Men who drank more than one sweetened drink a day were 42 per cent more likely to suffer with hair loss, compared to those who never drank the beverages, they said.

On average, men who reported hair loss had 12 sweetened drinks a week compared to seven a week for men who didn't experience hair loss.

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The researchers looked at the habits of more than 1,000 Chinese men between the ages of 18 to 45 across a four month period.

During this time they had to report their dietary habits as well as a history of their mental health.

However, the researchers noted that it wasn't just drinks that were studied.

It was also found that men who consume more fast food and ate less vegetables had a higher chance of experiencing hair loss.

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They also stated that those with a history of issues such as anxiety were also at a higher risk.

Experts have previously stated that a healthy diet is key to luscious locks and preventing hair loss.

London-based dermatologist, Dr Sharon Wong said: "Hair follicle cells are the second fastest dividing cells in the body and require all the nutrients of a well-balanced healthy diet.

"This includes lean proteins, good carbohydrates and fats, vitamins and minerals, but there is no one superfood for hair.

"As hair is not an essential structure for survival, the body does not prioritise the use of nutrients for hair growth.

"Nutritional deficiencies and crash diets are a common cause of hair thinning and shedding."


The NHS states that it's normal to lose hair, adding that we can lose between 50 to 100 hairs a day without noticing.

Most of the time it's nothing to worry about, but sometimes it can be a sign of a medical condition, guidance states.

You should see a GP is you have sudden hair loss, you develop bald patches or you're losing hair in clumps.

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It's important to also get medical attention if your head itches and burns or if you're worried about your hair loss.

You should see your doctor before going to a commercial hair clinic for advice, the NHS warns.

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