The Association between Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Male Pattern Hair Loss in Young Men

Nutrients. 2023 Jan 1;15(1):214. doi: 10.3390/nu15010214.


We performed this study to investigate the association between sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption and male pattern hair loss (MPHL) in young men. We conducted this cross-sectional study from January to April 2022 in mainland China. Young people aged 18-45 years (n = 1951) were recruited from 31 provinces in China. We used a self-reported online survey for data collection. We explored the associations between the amount/frequency of SSB consumption and MPHL by using a binary logistic regression model, with adjustments for sociodemographic, hair status, dietary intake, lifestyle, and psychological factors. Among the 1028 participants (27.8 ± 7.2 years) in the final analysis, we found that high SSB consumption is associated with a higher risk of MPHL. We recommend more support to decrease SSB consumption among young people to minimize negative health outcomes.

Keywords: adult; male; male pattern hair loss; sugar-sweetened beverages; youth.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alopecia / epidemiology
  • Alopecia / etiology
  • Beverages
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverages* / adverse effects
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

Grants and funding

This research received no external funding.