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How excess fat is detrimental to your hairs

, Thursday, 16 August 2018 (18:24 IST)
Washington: Think again before picking up that double cheese burger, loaded with oodles of fat, as this could be the reason for pre-mature greying of your hair or even hair loss!

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that eating a diet heavy in fat and cholestrol can lead to hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation.

According to Subroto Chatterjee, Professor of Paediatrics and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “Our findings show that a Western diet causes hair loss, hair whitening and skin inflammation in mice, and we believe a similar process occurs in men who lose hair and experience hair whitening, when they eat a diet high in fat and cholesterol.”

Prof Chatterjee’s team fed one group of mice with a Western diet high in fat and cholesterol, and a second group with standard chow. Compared to those fed standard chow, the mice that ate a Western diet lost hair, formed skin lesions and suffered from hair whitening.

The Hopkins investigators said the findings do shed light on possible pathways for addressing hair loss and skin wounds in humans with oral or topical medications. A report on the findings was published on July 30 in Scientific Reports.

“Further research is needed, but our findings show promise for someday using the drug we developed for skin diseases such as psoriasis, and wounds resulting from diabetes or plastic surgery.

“Hopefully someday in the future, this can mean faster, more effective recovery from baldness, hair whitening in aging populations and wound healing,” Prof Chatterjee told the Science Daily. (UNI)

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