Both men and women can suffer from hair loss, but what are the causes of this condition? It is well known that a person’s genetic makeup have an effect, but is this only cause?
There are many reasons, including illness. The thyroid, for instance, produces hormones that regulate metabolism and energy levels. However, disruption of the balance of these hormones including TSH, T3, T4 and rT3 can cause a person’s hair to fall out. This is more likely to occur in women than men but there is no reason to suppose thyroid related hair loss could not occur in men.
Problems associated with pregnancy and childbirth also have adverse effect on a woman. It is generally considered a normal part of the process and can continue up to 3 months after the child is born. Hair should grow back but if the thinning or hair loss continues it may be wise to consult your doctor.
Psychological problems can also affect the state of your hair. It is well known that traumatic experiences such as a tragedy or divorce can affect one’s hair, yet once the emotional stressors are under control hair should grow back.
One thing that can have quite a devastating effect is poor nutrition and we are all now living a faster paced lifestyle. As such sitting down to eat a proper balanced diet is no longer the case for a lot of people.
But while poor eating habits are problems in themselves, most people are not aware that this can have a major impact on health matters like the health of the hair. It is said that the condition of a person’s head of hair can indicate how healthy a person is and may also connect with diet.
There are also many other underlying health reasons why your hair may be falling out. These include medical conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, infections including fungal skin infections, over styling of hair and using chemical products such as dyes.
If you find there is a problem with your hair but unsure what the cause might be it is advisable to consult your GP first.