3 Most Common Causes of Hair Loss and Baldness
April 25, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

3 Most Common Causes of Hair Loss and Baldness

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can cause anxiety, stress, and an overwhelming sense of self-consciousness for the individual suffering from this condition. While alopecia is most commonly hereditary, there are multiple other causes of hair loss ranging from diet, medication, hormones, hair disorders, and chronic medical conditions. Below, we will be discussing three common causes of hair loss in addition to how to combat these causes.

 

1. Thyroid Disorders

Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism have been linked to hair loss. Hypothyroidism is when the body does not produce enough thyroid hormone, and in contrast, hyperthyroidism is when the body produces too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid regulates many functions throughout the body, and one of these functions includes governing the production and preservation of the hair follicle. When the thyroid function is altered, hair loss can be a symptom of this abnormality. If you are experiencing hair loss, discuss with a physician about having blood work completed to rule out an underlying thyroid concern.

2. Postpartum

During the first year postpartum, many women lose a substantial amount of hair, in turn causing concern.  The most widely accepted theory for postpartum hair loss is the idea that estrogen levels are elevated during pregnancy but begin to decline after giving birth, thus resulting in a shift of hormones. This shift in hormones contributes to the hair loss associated with postpartum alopecia. However, your hair should return to its normal state by the time your baby turns one. If your hair has not been restored by this time, consult with a physician to evaluate for other conditions that lead to hair loss.

3. Iron Deficiency

When the body is lacking in iron, it has been found that cell growth begins to slow. This is due to a certain enzyme found in the iron called ribonucleotide reductase, which assists in cell growth. Therefore, a decreased level of iron indicates a decreased level of the enzyme, in turn slowing the cell growth throughout the body, including the cells found in the hair follicles. To correct this deficiency, it is recommended to eat a diet high in iron. Foods high in iron are fish, meat, leafy green vegetables, iron-enriched cereals, and legumes. There are also iron supplements that can be found over the counter.

If you are experiencing hair loss and think it may be due to one of these conditions, speak with a doctor online today or book your appointment online with the best hair transplant consultant in Pakistan or call us at 042-111-748-748 for more information.

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She is currently staying at home with her children while continuing to work towards bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians. She is a wife to Max McKay, and a mom to two boys, Titus (3) & Silas (1).