The 5 Medical Reasons Why You Could Be Losing Hair

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012

Hair loss is a prominent issue among women of color and it’s usually linked to hair regime rather than lifestyle and health. It’s imperative that you nurture your hair with proper care and the right products but it’s just as important to make sure that your health is not the cause for thinning. What’s going on inside of the body will manifest on the outside and this rule of thumb applies to the hair and scalp. The following list is an in-depth look at physical diseases that can result in hair loss that can be treated or prevented with regular visits to the doctor and adopting a nutritious diet.

Thyroid Disease

Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) are both diseases that list rapid hair loss as a symptom. The thyroid gland manufactures the hormones that help control metabolism and growth, and when it doesn’t supply the proper amount, Thyroid Disease occurs. To avoid or combat this disease visit a dermatologist and consult with a doctor to see if you have any nutritional deficiencies that can be corrected with supplements.

Anemia

Anemia, also known as iron deficiency, is the most common reason for hair loss. This condition is a result of the body having a lower iron level than required. The number of red blood cells is reduced which results in several ailments. Iron is used to maintain the body temperature so if there’s iron deficiency in the body, the hair follicles become weaker and thinning ensues. Preventative measures that can be taken are to eat more nutritious foods with a high iron content such as fish, dark green leafy vegetables, wheat germ and grain products.

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