A new South Korean study has revealed working long hours could cause you to go bald. It’s already been established that long working hours can contribute to other serious health troubles such as increasing the risk of a stroke. However, this recent study is the only one to reveal the impact too much work can have on the hair.
Here, we’ll look at what the new study revealed and how stress can impact our hair.
Hair loss and stress
The hair loss study, carried out by the Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, looked at data from 13,000 men. The men were aged between 20 and 59 and the study followed them over a four-year period. They were grouped according to how many hours they worked.
It was revealed that the stress brought on through working long hours, can cause the hormones within the scalp to change. This, in turn, saw the hair follicle growth decrease.
Other factors which were assessed included smoking, education, household income and marital status. The study included Korean men, renowned for working over 40 hours each week.
How does stress link to baldness?
The results of the new study are unsurprising given what we already know about stress and its link to hair loss. When you’re working long hours, you’re going to be a lot more stressed than if you were working 20 or 30 hours a week.
A lot of studies have revealed the impact stress can have on hair loss. Mice studies have shown that stress had a significant impact on the inhibition of hair growth. Additional research has shown that stress can have an effect on the inflammation of hair follicles, as well as lead to cell death.
While the recent study focused on alopecia, stress is also known to trigger other types of hair loss. Women who undergo a traumatic birth for example, often experience more significant hair loss than those who don’t. Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss triggered by extreme stress which could be the result of hormonal changes or an injury.
If patients are worried that stress may be contributing to their hair loss, they should first seek a diagnosis from a hair expert. There are so many different causes of hair loss and each requires a different treatment approach. So, establishing the actual cause is crucial before you seek help.
While not every job will lead to stress-related hair loss, this new study does show it’s something to be aware of. There are so many different causes of hair loss and different types. Therefore, identifying the cause is key to seeking appropriate treatment and prevention techniques.