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How can performance enchaining drugs affect hair loss

By Alex

Hair loss is something that everyone will face at some time in their life and it can happen for a number of different reasons and there are a number of different ways you can prevent hair loss.

Something many of us won’t think about when it comes to hair loss is our lifestyle, different factors such as stress, the environment, the products we use can affect the health of our hair. Today we’re going to take a look into performance-enhancing drugs and how they can change not only our body and mind, but also our hair.

What are performance enhancing drugs

Performance enhancing drugs or PED are substances often used by athletes to improve their performance in sporting and fitness activities. The drugs are used in order to boost energy, strengthen muscles as well as improving endurance and alertness. PEDs tend to be very common with athletes and bodybuilders since the drugs help them to train harder and for longer periods of time. Performance enchaining drugs come in different forms including, all kinds of anabolic steroids, stimulants, painkillers, sedatives, and blood boosters.

Do performance enhancing drugs have side effects

As with all types of drugs, there will be some side effects of performance enhancing drugs and it’s important that you are aware of the risks.

Long-term dangers of using PEDs can include impotence, infertility, cessation of growth in adolescents, acne, baldness, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, heart and liver problems, and bad cholesterol among other risks.

Steroids and their side effects

Steroids – one of the most common types of PEDs is frequently mentioned to cause baldness as one of the main side effects. The hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is produced in the body when someone is prone to balding. When taking steroids, the production of this hormone in the body can increase and the extra DHT can, in turn, lead to hair loss.

Protein and their side effects

Although protein drinks are not classed as a performance-enhancing drug, they do work towards enhancing performance and aiding in working out, it can help the body to build and heal muscles faster.

One of the main ingredients in most protein drinks is creatine and growth hormones that can cause an imbalance in the body. These ingredients can cause the body to create dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that causes hair loss. Hair follicles degrade and eventually die resulting in hair thinning and balding.

It is important to remember that PEDs can affect your hair and can lead to hair loss for some, this could be listed as a side effect of some drugs. However, always remember that some illegal drugs will not have a list of side effects for you to review before taking and could cause symptoms such as hair loss.

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