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  • It's no secret that I'm an advocate for creatine supplementation.

  • The performance benefits are well-documented and most consistent out of all performance

  • supplements.

  • But, there's one thing that people are concerned about.

  • Will creatine cause you to lose your hair?

  • Unfortunately, there might be some level of truth to it.

  • And, it boils down to one key hormone: Dihydrogentestosterone, aka DHT.

  • DHT can act on local receptors causing a shrinking effect of your scalp follicles, eventually

  • closing out said follicles from producing any more hair.

  • One study back in 2009 found markedly high increases of DHT with creatine supplementation.

  • Rugby players given 25 grams of creatine monohydrate per day for 7 days as a loading phase had

  • a 56% increased level of DHT.

  • At maintenance of 5 grams of creatine per day for 14 days, DHT levels remained elevated

  • by 40%.

  • Interestingly, it also increased DHT to T ratio, T for testosterone, even though testosterone

  • levels did not change.

  • This suggests an accelerating effect of DHT production since DHT is metabolized from testosterone

  • and the enzyme 5-alpha reductase.

  • Outside of this study, though, not much else in research exists.

  • And, even if it creatine does affect DHT levels, it remains to be seen if this has any direct

  • effect to actual hair loss, considering that DHT levels do rise naturally.

  • Exercise itself can increase DHT levels by as much as 30 percent.

  • But there's one caveat bearing the most importance: The only time that DHT might lead

  • to hair loss is if you're already susceptible to hair loss or Male Pattern Baldness, which

  • has a strong genetic factor.

  • If you have a family history of hair loss, then sure, you might want to think twice about

  • taking creatine if you want to avoid accelerating your hair loss.

  • Otherwise, chances are, creatine won't affect your hair at all.

  • For those of you that are concerned but want to continue taking creatine, you might want

  • to consider looking up DHT-blocking interventions like Finasteride, which inhibits the enzyme

  • 5-alpha reductase mentioned earlier.

  • Of course, make sure you check with your doctor before anything else.

  • But again, there still needs to be more research on this and more importantly showing a direct

  • effect on hair loss when taking Creatine.

  • For now, after knowing the potential risk, whether you should continue taking creatine

  • is completely up to you.

  • If you have a creatine hair loss story or think the research is right and you should

  • skip your next creatine purchase, share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • As always, thank you for watching and get your protein!

It's no secret that I'm an advocate for creatine supplementation.

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