Creatine & Male Pattern Baldness?
If you are involved in fitness, there is a big chance that you have read about creatine and its benefits for muscle building. Yes, creatine does work and it works very good for increasing power. But with every good, comes a bad.
Creatine and hair loss?
When you throw a quick Google Search about creatine and hair loss, you will find many topics about it. There are a lot of people suspecting creatine to cause their fancy hair become tiny and weak and yes: science has proven that there is a link between creatine and male pattern baldness.
There was a study done about creatine and DHT. This study was done at the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In this study they investigated the concentrations of androgens after three weeks of creatine supplementation in male rugby players. It was hypothezised that the ratio of DHT to testosterone would change with creatine supplementation.
The results were just as hypothesized: after a loading phase of 25 grams of creatine a day for seven days, followed by fourteen days of maintenance (5 gr per dag) the blood serum values of DHT where increased by 56% (after loading phase) and remained 40% aboved baseline after 14 days of maintenance (5 gr per day). The DHT levels remained 22% elevated after maintenance dose.
However the study didn’t specifically studied the correlation between creatine and male pattern baldness, we can hypothesize that since DHT levels are increased by 56%, that male pattern baldness will accelerate when you are genetically prone to male pattern baldness. Our advice is to not use creatine if you have already thin hair or when you are prone to male pattern baldness.