[size=medium]I bought a 1kg of DYMATIZE Creatine Monohydrate supplement but I'm hesitant to use it. According to some studies/websites, it can cause hair loss most especially to those who have MALE PATTERN BALDNESS running in the family. I'm sure, meron ako nito kasi ang father ko manipis na ang buhok. Ang mga ibang kapatid ko naman ma-pa-babae man o lalake ay nagkaroon na ng problema na tulad nito. The last time nagkaroon ako ng tremendous hair fall ay akala ko makakalbo na ako. Pero after a few months bumalik naman, tumubo uli with the help of minoxidil (I guess?). Since then, 100% organic shampoo na ginagamit ko, dahil takot na ako malagas uli ang hair ko;-)
Ngayon mga ka-PBB na gumagamit ng CREATINE, ano pong experience nyo? Meron bang HAIR LOSS side effect sa inyo?
[size=large]Creatine Monohydrate and Hair Loss[/size]
Creatine monohydrate is in the family of creatine-based amino acids that are responsible for the proper functioning of a host of bodily functions on both a muscular and cellular level. According to The University of Maryland, creatine monohydrates can help in a number of ways, such as improved fitness and athletic performance, as well treat such conditions as heart disease, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In spite of the positive effects, it can interfere with hair growth and can even cause hair loss. According to The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine studies have shown that creatine monohydrate increases the levels of Dihydrotestosterone in your body, an androgen synthesized in the hair follicles which can become a barrier between your hair and hair follicles receiving the nutrients necessary to promote and sustain hair growth, therefore resulting in hair loss.
[size=large]Is Creatine Making You Bald?[/size]
There has been a recent uproar in bodybuilding forums talking about the effect that creatine supplementation may have on hair loss. Creatine is a hugely popular supplement, and is the most researched performance-enhancing supplements in the bodybuilding industry, if you go on Pubmed and search ‘Creatine Monohydrate’, you will get 346 results of clinical studies. Whether you’re looking to increase your strength, power, lean mass or workout intensity, Creatine can help you significantly.
Creatine increases DHT levels
The recent study relating Creatine consumption to increased Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels has got people talking. In a nutshell, the study in question found that after 7 days of loading with creatine, DHT levels were elevated to 56% above baseline, and remained at 40% above baseline after 14 days maintenance. The study concluded that creatine supplementation can in fact, increase the rate of conversion of Testosterone to DHT.
Right now your probably thinking ‘so creatine causes hair loss’ right? Well if the studies finding’s are accurate; it can certainly play a role in those susceptible to male pattern baldness. Let me explain. It’s well documented that DHT is one of the main causes of hair loss. Testosterone is converted to DHT through an enzyme called 5a-Reductase. DHT attaches itself to the receptor cells of genetically predisposed hair follicles, depriving it of essential vitamins, nutrients and proteins, and eventually causing your hair to fall out.
With DHT being the main cause of hair loss, and creatine significantly increasing the rate at which testosterone is converted to DHT, it seems that creatine is a one-way street to bald city, or is it? Well, not necessary, there are a few options you have that will enable you to keep supplementing with creatine for those high intensity workouts and muscle gains, while preventing you from joining the cue ball club.