Tips to help prevent hair loss

Bad diet, stress and prescription drugs can lead to baldness

5 Tips to Help Prevent Hair Loss
While genetics may be the strongest predictor of a receding hairline, experts say there are several ways to help reduce the chances of balding.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, several things can affect hair loss that we can have control over.

If you're a smoker, here's another reason to quit: it can cause balding. Research shows that cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals which prevent cells from carrying the right amount of oxygen around the body, so your hair doesn't get the nutrients or oxygen it needs.

Be careful what prescriptions you take. Many commonly prescribed prescription drugs can trigger the onset of male and female baldness.

The American Hair Loss Association says: "Your doctor may not mention hair loss as a side effect of some drugs, so don't forget to do your own research and read the drug manufacturer's complete warnings."

Stop 'pulling your hair out'

Try to reduce your stress levels. High stress levels can cause the body's immune system to attack your follicles, leading to alopecia and other forms of baldness.

Diet is also an important factor. The advice is to ditch the sugar. Studies show that high blood pressure and insulin resistance can increase your risk of baldness.

Too much vitamin A can also have a negative impact on your hairline. People can get too much of this vitamin through supplements or medicines.

Not eating enough protein can cause hair loss. Meats, eggs and fish are good sources. And make sure to get enough iron. Red meat as well as good vegetarian sources like iron-fortified cereals, soybeans, lentils, and spinach can up your intake.