I read all sorts of foods naturally raise testosterone levels, from garlic to oysters to chicken to lean beef to brussel sprouts to broccoli. So this must be normal and not contribute at all to hair loss right? These foods are considered healthy. Does eating chicken (which doesn’t have any external hormones added to it in the US) increase testosterone? And I read alcohol, sugar, caffeine lower testosterone and boost estrodiol. And that soybeans and tofu a phytoestrogens should be avoided by people wanting to increase natural testosterone. Similarly, working out and increased T levels with that should be normal.
I’ve also read that caffeine is both an in vitro cure for hair loss as well as something that boosts cortisol in the body and since cortisol is from the adrenal gland, that contributes to hair loss. What’s the deal here?
By the way, great episode on TLC Monday night.
Please do not focus too much on testosterone and hormones. If you are male and balding, it is most likely genetic. If you have the genes for hair loss, even normal or low levels of testosterone will cause balding. You may be trying to maximize everything by limiting hormones etc, but it doesn’t really work. If you are going to go bald, you will go bald. The best medical intervention we have thus far is finasteride (Propecia). However, even Propecia does not completely stop balding.