Androgenic Alopecia: How Paleo Solved Female Balding

Dr. Loren Cordain discusses, extensively, dozens of symptoms associated with Syndrome X in The Paleo Diet.  Over the past year I’ve witnessed my body conquer disease to achieve personal health.  Most of the ailments I had, I didn’t even know about until they were gone (joint pain, headaches, seasonal allergies, heartburn, and IBS to name a few).  But the strangest one so far?  Androgenic alopecia.  Also known as, female balding.

Usually female baldness peaks in the menopausal timeline for women.  And when it does strike, the form is that of overall thinning throughout the scalp.  “Male pattern baldness” shows a different form, the hair begins receding.  For the hairline to recede at the temple for women, hormonal changes occur similar to those in men.  These hormonal changes are brought on by (to name one) increased levels of insulin, associated with Metabolic Syndrome (X).

So what happens with lower insulin levels and an adios to metabolic syndrome?

I kind of feel like Dr. Seuss and Robb Wolf had a love child and from it came the tufts of new hair growth at the temple of my head. But, how badass is that science?  And kinda cute…

About Stacy

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Stacy is the matriarch of the Paleo Parents family. After beginning a paleo diet and founding in 2010, she lost 135 pounds and found health and happiness for the whole family. The following three years have been a progressive journey with a mission to educate people about nourishing their bodies by eating real foods. Stacy can be found on all forms of social media as @PaleoParents as well as the top-rated The Paleo View Podcast and her two cookbooks, Eat Like a Dinosaur and Beyond Bacon.

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  • Shaina Alexander

    You sound an awful lot like a person with celiac disease, were you ever tested? Hope this isn’t too personal of a question! :p

    • Stacy & Matt

      No, I’ve gotten a LOT more personal than that on here ;)  I actually was tested, but only after I’d been gluten-free for a year and a simple blood test so I’m not surprised it was negative. Regardless of what a test says, I know I’m WRECKED by gluten and I avoid it as if I were celiac. I ask people to change gloves at restaurants and if they ask if I’m celiac I say yes, because although I never received a formal diagnosis I do have quite a few indicators.

  • Lauren

    When did you post this? How did I miss it?? Hair loss is what started me on the road that has led to paleo, and I *still* don’t have it licked. I’d made it as far as copper imbalance and endocrine disruption, so I’ll be following those links for sure.

    • Stacy & Matt

      This was April 2011, almost a year into being Paleo. If you’ve almost eliminated sugar consumption (both natural and not) and you’re not seeing results, it might be a different cause than my insulin related hormonal cause – good luck!

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  • Pam

    When you say sugar, natural or not, do you mean fruits, also?

    • Stacy & Matt

      If one were to completely overdo fruits (making it a main part of their diet) insulin could continue to be dis-regulated, especially in a person recovering from metabolic syndrome. However, during this change I continued to eat moderate amounts of whole fruit (not dried) with no problems.

      • Pam