Clin Exp Dermatol. 2009;34:694
Hair loss and insulin resistance
Nabaie L, ET AL
Edited for Hair loss blog
Hair loss in androgenic alopecia is androgen-dependent. Insulin is found in hair follicles and may play a role in the regulation of androgen metabolism and the hair-regrowth cycle. To compare the insulin resistance between people with androgenic alopecia and a control group. A case-control study was conducted with 97 cases in the patient and 87 in the control group. Serum fasting insulin level, fasting blood glucose, serum total cholesterol, triglyceride and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) were all measured in both groups. There was no difference in serum fasting insulin level, fasting blood glucose, serum total cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL and insulin resistance between the two groups. Despite previous reports suggesting a link, our study found no significant relationship between insulin resistance and pattern hair loss. Further studies are warranted.
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