Hair loss is generally considered as a problem that afflicts men, but it also affects women. Genetics plays a large role in the risk of female hair loss. However, a new study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Official Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, suggests that female hair loss is caused by more than genetic factors.
According to the researchers, there are several other causes that contribute to women’s hair loss. Increased stress, smoking, having more children and having a history of hypertension and cancer were associated with capillary loss, according to Cleveland, a plastic surgeon at Bahman Guyuron and his colleagues at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in a study report.
For her research, the team studied 98 identical female twins, with a mean age of 54 years. Conducting the study with identical twins is an opportunity to distinguish between genetic and social / environmental factors, since they share 100 percent of the genes.
The researchers found that higher levels of testosterone and stress were both associated with increased hair loss. Medical risk factors have also been identified as cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. In addition, smoking, not exercising and not using sunscreen also increased the risk of hair loss.
Curiously, women who consumed more caffeine had a lower risk of hair loss.
The good news is that not all of these factors are out of your control, like the genetic disposition. “Many of the environmental factors discussed in this study, such as smoking, sun exposure and excessive stress can be treated by physicians as a way to prevent hair loss,” the authors conclude.