Are Your Hormones Running Wild
and Causing Hair Loss?
Male and female-pattern baldness, one of the most common types of hair loss, was misunderstood for a long time. Recent research, however, has taught us that the role that hormones play in thinning hair is significant. Because of this, hair loss can be a signal to your doctor that an untreated illness is out of control.
Like many parts of our bodies, hair is lost and regrown in a predictable cycle. It doesn’t all fall out of our head at once, but rather, it alternates as our follicles “relax” and prepare to regrow the hairs they have shed.
A certain amount of hair loss is normal in our everyday lives. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates the average, healthy person sheds about 50-100 hairs a day. It’s when there is trouble re-growing the hairs once they have been lost that it’s time to consider any hormonal factors that may be involved in your hair loss.
Hair loss isn’t the only issue you may have if you’re experiencing hair loss. You may find yourself exhausted for no particular reason. If you’re a female, you may experience new hair growth in your face if you have a hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalance can also cause mood swings, hot flashes, and a host of other physical symptoms.
Insulin Imbalances and Hair Loss
You may not hear about it often, but many people with diabetes and blood sugar levels that fluctuate wildly lose hair. This hair loss usually isn’t permanent, but it is a symptom that should not be ignored if you’re diabetic. When insulin levels cause hair loss, it’s a sign that your disease is not being managed properly and there’s work you and your physician need to do to set it right.
Estrogen-Related Hair Loss
Estrogen is a powerhouse for women’s bodies when everything is in balance. It helps regulate your energy level, mood, and even your sex drive. Too much estrogen, however, can lead to hair loss, especially if there are spikes and dips in your levels. Many women find they lose hair after pregnancy because of this estrogen crash. Weight gain, certain medications, and birth control such as Depo Provera are all causes of estrogen imbalances.
If you think you are experiencing a hormone imbalance, you should book an appointment with your doctor who can run some labs to see what’s going on. Make sure to write down all of the prescriptions and/or supplements you may be taking.
Thyroid Disorders and Hair Loss
The thyroid hormone helps your body regulate all of the other hormones and stay in balance. When you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, the body works in an intelligent manner to redirect its energy to the most critical systems. Because of this, you may lose hair when you’ve had low thyroid hormones for a period of time. Many women think that this type of hair thinning is normal; but if it’s sudden and you’re tired or have a lot of aches and pains, your thyroid may be to blame.
Make sure to make an appointment with your doctor to rule any thyroid issues out.
Low Testosterone and High Testosterone
If you’re a man, you may have too much or too little testosterone. Low testosterone can lead to hair loss in men. In women, however, it can cause both hairs in unwanted places, such as your face, as well as hair loss on your scalp.
If you think you have a testosterone imbalance, do yourself a favor and visit the doctor to get checked out.
Prevent Hair Loss with Supplements and Nutrition
No matter what the cause of your hair loss, nutrition is vital to healthy hair and keeping the hair you have. Make sure you take a daily multivitamin with B, C, and D in it, as well as iron. If you don’t eat a lot of meat, you may want to supplement your diet with a protein shake.
Whenever you experience hair loss, you may feel frightened or overwhelmed, but there are many ways to cope with it once you understand its cause. The first stop should always be your doctor’s office to rule out any disease or malnutrition.