Several studies have linked sugary drinks to higher hair loss risk, and a recent study in Nutrients suggests consuming too many sugary drinks may increase the risk.
In a study from January to April 2022, Tsinghua University in Beijing examined data from over 1,000 Chinese men of all ages to determine how self-reported lifestyle habits influenced hair loss. The study found that hair loss was almost 30% more common in men who drank up to one sugary beverage per day, such as soda, juice, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened coffee and tea.
Most study participants consumed sugar-containing beverages daily, and nearly half reported drinking one or more sweetened drinks daily. Compared to those who don’t drink sugary drinks, men who said sipping more than one sweetened beverage daily have a 42% higher risk of experiencing hair loss. Men with hair loss tended
Research on whether drinking leads to balding is needed to determine if sugary beverages increase the risk. Despite the health risks associated with sugar, young people may not be aware of them, so future research could help inform them.
Overconsumption Of Sugar Can Cause High Blood Sugar
Drinking excessive sodas or other sweetened drinks has been linked to diseases like liver cancer. Too much sugar raises your blood sugar levels, especially if the sugar is fast-absorbing, like soda, without other nutrients to slow digestion.
A diet high in sugar can blunt the body’s sensitivity to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome if your body does not respond well to insulin. To balance blood sugar, nutritionists and diabetes experts recommend combining sweets with protein and fiber when consuming sugary treats.