Influence of Environmental Factors on Androgenic Alopecia Occurrence

    February 2024 in “ Agroèkoinfo
    A.E. Pobilat, Anatoly A. Kirichuk, Е.V. Salnikova, Alina Baytelova, N.N. Rakhimova, T.E. Burtseva
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    TLDR Environmental factors and grain products affect hair loss, with low cobalt in hair possibly predicting the condition.
    The study with 49 men and 57 women from Krasnoyarsk suffering from androgenic alopecia found significant correlations between environmental factors, particularly the elemental content in grain products, and the occurrence of the condition. The participants' hair showed increased levels of potassium, phosphorus, and zinc, but a deficiency in cobalt. Strong correlations were identified between cobalt in the soil and calcium and mercury in the hair, as well as magnesium in the hair and lead in the soil. Toxic elements like nickel, mercury, and lead were found in the hair, indicating absorption from water. The regression analysis revealed that 41% of the cobalt concentration in hair could be explained by its content in soil, grain products, and food, with a multiple correlation coefficient (R) of 0.64. The study concludes that environmental factors and food products, especially grain products, significantly impact the development of androgenic alopecia, with cobalt deficiency in hair being a potential predictor for the disease.
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