I was wondering if anyone has experienced hair loss with creatine as I am currently in the bodybuilding phase and want to take it but worried about my hair falling out slowly which obviously I don't want to happen as I have a full head of hair still!
I eat red meat everyday and heard creatine is in that naturally or isn't that enough?
Thanks for your help
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on April 10, 2013
at 01:24 PM
There are no definitive studies one way or the other. However, there is at least a plausible mechanism. Creatine has been shown to increase the rate of conversion of T to DHT. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19741313)
Furthermore, sensitivity to DHT is believed to play a part in male pattern baldness. (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/68082.php)
Obviously, not everyone that takes creatine ends up bald, so there are other factors at play. Some peoples' hair follicles may be more sensitive to DHT. Maybe other dietary or health factors are also contributing.
From personal experience, I believe it affected my hair. I took creatine at two different times in my 20s. Both times I noticed increased hair loss after 2-3 months and stopped using it. I am now in my 40s and have had minimal hair loss since then.
on April 09, 2013
at 09:51 PM
You should be fine as long as you don't take excessive amounts of creatine (I believe it was something like 25g a day for months at a time). This is more of an "abuse" effect and not just a "general use" effect.
Red meat does have creatine but NOT enough to produce the effects (I'm assuming) you are looking for. Just take a teaspoon/day and you will be fine
on September 20, 2014
at 06:14 PM
It is hard to say if your hair loss is caused by creatine consumption or not, judging by the recent study relating creatine supplimentation in rugby players to increased levels of the hormone DHT, i would say that it could play a part in speeding up hairloss in those succeptible to Male Pattern Baldness. Head on over to 'my hair loss products . com / creatine-hair-loss' (remove spaces) for a clear and consise explanation of the relationship between hair loss and creatine.
on June 06, 2013
at 01:12 AM
I'm female, have used it twice - when I was 17 and when I was 30, both times I had a problem with hair loss. I'm attempting it one last time - because apart from that, it's an excellent supplement. ...I didn't 'abuse' it. First time, I tried it with a two week loading phase, second time I didn't.
on May 14, 2013
at 03:27 PM
This is more hormonal. You're probably producing more testosterone than can be disposed of by your muscles - not a bad problem to have since you're working out. :) Balancing it out with some zinc chelates helps. Like Zinc Citrate or picolinate prevent conversion to DHT.
But in terms of hairloss, there is one thing that helped me. Get your hands on Polysorbate 80 from a vitamin store (online or otherwise), most have added biotin, and that's fine.
Instead of using shampoo, wet your hair a bit, shake the bottle, and rub in a few drops in your scalp for about 2-3 minutes, then wash it out well (not with hot water). It will help to remove the DHT.
It would help to use a shower water filter if your water supply is chlorinated - these are around $30 or so, so you don't allow chlorine into your scalp.
on May 14, 2013
at 07:20 AM
Used it continuously for 2 years in my late teens, had shoulder-length hair and never really observed my hairline during that time. After about half a year of it being short I noticed that my temples had receded. Whether this was due to the creatine or not, I cannot say, however I have no family history of MPB. My father is 50 and still has a ridiculously thick head of hair with a NW1 hairline, and both grandfathers never saw any recession until their 50's. My brother is the same age as me and also retains his adolescent hairline. I've been on minox and fin for the past 8 months and it is coming back, although it may take a while. I sincerely believe my recession around the temples was due to my taking creatine, and will continue to avoid it like the plague, but everybody's body is different. I should note that my intake was the normal 5g, usually everyday. If you take it and notice some recession or thinning, stop immediately. Preventing hairloss is easy, actually regrowing lost hair is quite a feat.
on May 13, 2013
at 04:32 PM
I don't use it anymore, but I used creatine for years when I was younger. Never had any hair loss problems.
on May 13, 2013
at 11:06 AM
I have almost shoulder length hair. About two months after taking 5g Creatine a day, the hair loss increase was quite noticible for me. When showering, bundles of it used to lay in the the shower tray.
on April 10, 2013
at 10:45 AM
I've been using it for more than 7 years and didn't notice any hair loss. BTW my n=1 experience does not mean that should not be any relationship. But crawling body-building forums for some time now I've never read about this before, and not seeing people complain against something may point to other possible issues.
Hair loss and male pattern baldness could be triggered by high levels of DHT hormone. You could do some search about this, maybe it could give you some clue.