Are you losing your hair?
The average number of hairs a person has is between 120,000 to 150,000. Normal, healthy hair grows approximately half an inch per month. The average amount of hair you can lose on a daily basis is 100 hairs per day, which is unnoticeable in most people. However, when hair loss is greater than this, it can be attributed to something more significant such as genetics, nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalance and stress.
Hair loss can be attributed to your genetic makeup.
Female pattern and male pattern baldness are two conditions in which the DNA of hair loss is hardwired from birth. Female pattern baldness affects about 50% of women aged 50 years and older. A family history of hair loss is an obvious, genetic predisposition to this condition; however, a lack of family history cannot rule out the diagnosis in women. Genetic hair loss is due to several genes and is multifactorial. Currently, there is preliminary research that can determine what the male pattern baldness genes are; however, not much research exists on the genetics of female pattern baldness. The estimated chances of heritable male pattern baldness are closer to 81%, meaning genetics play a much larger role than environmental causes.
Hair loss can occur if you lack nutrients.
Anemia is a condition caused by either too little or too many red blood cells in the body. When your body is deficient in iron, the volume of red blood cells decreases and causes iron deficiency anemia. When your body is deficient in vitamin B12, the volume of red blood cells increases and causes macrocytic anemia. Iron helps oxygen to be carried throughout the body and is an important mineral for hair, skin and nails. Vitamin B12 is necessary to help carry out many metabolic and neurological processes in the body. Getting tested for these nutrients is key to helping you restore hair growth. Simple labs tests should include a complete blood count (CBC), vitamin B12 and ferritin.
Hair loss can be caused by hormone imbalance and stress.
Hair is always under some type of endocrine control. Three common, hormonal conditions that contribute to hair loss are thyroid disease, adrenal dysfunction and menopause (in females)/andropause (in males). Thyroid diseases, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypothyroidism and Graves, can all trigger hair loss. The thyroid controls the body’s metabolic function. Hair growth depends on the thyroid to work properly. These hormones instruct the hair follicle to undergo changes to prepare for the next hair cycle. Adrenal dysfunction can also cause hair loss. The adrenal gland is a small organ that sits on top of your kidney. It regulates your stress response. It secretes hormones, including DHEA and cortisol. When these hormones are imbalanced, hair loss can occur. Menopause and andropause are conditions where the reproductive organs begin to slow down, causing sex hormones to also decrease. This reduction in female and male hormones can also contribute to hair loss.
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