Hairline International Research Indicates 80% of Hair Loss Patients Have Presence of PFOA

Bangalore, December 18th 2016: Is your kitchen equipped with nonstick cookware or Teflon coated cooking utensils? Are your water sources free from PFOA? Do you have stain-resistant clothes or mats in the house that may emanate Teflon coated particles? What you may believe to be a smart lifestyle decision may be working against you. Internationally there is a move towards reducing dependency on products that may be lined with PFOA based substances.

Hairline International Research and Treatment Centre released a report on the effects of Teflon that contains Perflurooctanoic Acid (PFOA), on hair fall. The report was released by Dr. S. Sacchidanand, Director of Medical Education, Government of Karnataka. In this recently concluded study, it was proven that 80% of the cases visiting the clinic with hair fall are PFOA positive. What is alarming is that of these cases, 65%, irrespective of gender developed high cholesterol. 70% of the women developed Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) and 65% developed hypothyroidism.

Speaking on the release of this research, Dr. Sacchidanand said, “There are a number of products we use on a daily basis thinking that they are good for our health and lifestyle. However, research such as the one released by Hairline International today shows that there is a need to examine such products and substances in depth to truly understand their impact on us in the long run”.

Speaking on this research Dr. Dinesh G Gowda, Dermatosurgeon Hairline International Research and Treatment Center says, “Once PFOA is in the system, it is metabolized by the kidneys and liver, affecting the larger organs significantly in the long run. There are a range of diseases that the average human is now exposed as a result of lifestyle changes and the hectic pace of life in general. What was once perceived as a move towards a healthy lifestyle can now be the cause of illness.”

Dr. Premalatha V, Dermatosurgeon, Hairline International Research and Treatment Center says, “We have routinely carried out numerous researches on the various elements patients are exposed to and their possible connection to hair loss. Teflon (PFOA) is a commonly occurring element in households and even in water, and we found it important to look into its connection with hair loss. This research provides a new approach to dealing with hair loss and looks beyond known causes usually found in textbooks. This approach takes into account the new lifestyle diseases that are now afflicting people”.

Ms. Bani Anand, Founder and Managing Director, Hairline International says, “Hairline’s research wing has, over the years undertaken numerous researches which have helped us enhance the medical management of hair and skin that we are dedicated to doing. Internationally, a number of researches have been conducted on the possible harmful effects of PFOA and it has been found to have negative effects. This research helps us understand how an everyday element can wreak havoc on hair and how it may be countered”.

What is Teflon?

Teflon coated pans are a common occurrence in most home, especially considering that these products are marketed for the health conscious. One of the substances it comprises is PFOA. Most of the fast food packaging as well as candy wrappers and pizza box liners contact food contact papers that have traces of PFOA in them. PFOA has also been found in industrial waste, stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids as well as in house dust, microwaveable popcorn bags, food and water.

Once ingested in humans, PFOA has an average elimination half-life of about 3 years. There are also reports that have shown in animal based testing that there is a connection between PFOA and the occurrence of bladder, colon and prostate cancer.

Understanding the Research

Research Methodology, Observation and Inference

Hairline International Research & Treatment Centreconducted an observational study across 6 centres of the organization for aperiod of one year from October 1, 2015 to October 30, 2016 to understand theeffects of PFOA in the blood and its correlation to hair loss. 500 cases and500 controls were taken for the study.

A detailed history was taken of each the cases to understandtheir lifestyles and the number of times they use non-stick cookware in a week.

It was seen that 401 out of the 500 cases (chosen from theurban areas) examined tested positive for PFOA in the blood. These results wereprimarily from the age group of 18 years to 44 years and those workingprofessionals who were regular in consuming food made in non-stick cookware atleast 4-6 times a week.

The 500 controls, on the other hand, were Bengalureans fromlower strata of society- mostly physical and manual labourers, who used earthenpots and steel or aluminium cook ware to cook or warm their food. Only 15subjects were found to be PFOA positive.

The study thus concluded that 80% of the cases visiting theclinic with hair fall are PFOA-positive. High PFOA levels leads to a higherincidence of PCOD, hypothyroidism, and high cholesterol, all of whichindirectly cause hair fall. Further studies are needed to clearly identifyclinically meaningful aspects of PFOA-associated hair loss. Larger studies maybe required to draw definitive conclusions.

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