There is a link between drinking sugary sodas and hair loss, says Beijing-based study

Jan 6, 2023

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

Hair loss problems are rising

A new research by the journal Nutrients has found that consuming too much of sugary drinks like soda is linked to higher risk of hair loss.

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About the study

Researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing observed more than 1,000 Chinese men, who were aged between 18-45 years, from January to April 2022 to compare self-reported lifestyle habits and hair loss.

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One soda per day

They found that hair loss problems were common among 30 percent of the men who had a habit of consuming at least one sugary drink like soda, energy drinks, sports drink etc.

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Hair loss problems were also noticed among men who consumed at least

one sweetened tea and coffee per day (totaling to 1-3 litres per week).

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More soda, more hair loss

For the study subjects who consumed more than one sweet beverage a day, hair loss risk is even higher at 42 percent, as compared to men who didn’t consume any sugary drink.

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Limitation of the study

One limitation of the study was that consuming sugary sodas is not the only factor that plays a role in hair loss.Other factors like diet, health, stress and mental health could also play a major role.

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The study clarifies that the link between the sugary beverages

and hair loss is just a correlation and not a sole cause. More studies are required to find out whether it has a direct effect on the risk of balding.

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Other problems with carbonated beverages

Previous research concluded that daily soda consumption is linked to illnesses like liver cancer.

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Sugars in sodas

There are 39 grams of sugar in a 12 oz Coca-Cola can. Smaller portion sizes, like our 7.5 oz mini soda can, have less sugar and fewer calories.

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