Lewis Hamilton health: The Formula 1 champion on aspect of health that's ‘deteriorated’


Lewis Hamilton, 34, is a national hero, living out every boy’s fantasy of racing cars and holding numerous records. Lewis’ interest in racing started when his father bought him a radio-controlled car when he was six. He was signed to McLaren’s young driver support programme after he approached McLaren principal, Ron Dennis at an awards ceremony three years earlier and boldly told him: “One day I want to be racing your cars.” Lewis won his first drivers’ title with McLaren in 2008 before moving to Mercedes in 2013. But earlier this year, Lewis revealed he suffers from a health problem that troubles many other men.

The racing driver added: “If in hotels, I would use their bad products but never shampooed and conditioned.

My hair started to deteriorate and thin out.” Concerned by his loss of hair, Lewis spoke with a specialist when he noticed it was getting worse.

He explained: “I went to see a specialist who told me that if I didn’t start looking after it properly I would start losing it an short amount of time.”

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Men’s hair loss

Most men will start to notice that they’re losing more hair than they used to.

In fact, 85 percent of men will have some sort of hair loss in their lifetime. Scientists believe the cause of balding is due to one’s genes and it affects how sensitive the hair follicles are to a hormone known as DHT, which makes them shrink.

As they get smaller, the hair that grows back tends to be finer, thinner and shorter.

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Eventually, it takes longer for hair to grow back and the follicles will shrink so that no hair grows at all.

Lewis said: “Now, with the right advice I use good products. It’s a priority to keep my hair healthy and finally I love having long crazy hair. I don’t even want to cut it.

“Being educated about caring for your hair was really something that I’d been missing my whole life.

“So parents, be sure to help your kids know how to take care of their hair.

“A lot of products out there are actually terrible so do some research as to which ones are best.”

It’s not always possible to prevent hair from falling out, however there are treatments and remedies to help slow down the process.

Some prescriptions drugs that have been FDA approved include minoxidil and finasteride.

It’s also advised to make some lifestyle changes to help slow down the balding process such as quitting smoking, having a balanced diet, scalp massages and reducing stress levels.

Alternative natural remedies include certain oils such as rosemary oil, palmetto, biotin, onion juice, green tea and hibiscus.



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