Thyroid and Hair Loss
Many people start to suffer what is called hormonal alopecia. It is the systemic loss of hair from all over the body with the loss, or gain, of certain hormones. The most common type of hair loss for women is due to thyroid dysfunction. The areas that we typically notice is the thickness of mane hair, or a shrinking ponytail. But, eye lashes coming out and or thinning of the brows, particularly the outer 2/3’s is fairly significant and should be noted. It IS A REASON to have you thyroid tested.
In Many cases, thinning brows, or a slimmer ponytail might be your only true indicator that the thyroid is struggling. This is because the sleep issues in the current day and age are rampant. Devices, job and school requirements and stimulant intake disrupts what we consider “normal sleep”. Since most think 1 bowel movement every 2 days is normal, this may also be missed. (See Previous Blog). Weight fluctuates for many college students and athletes as they exit high school and collegiate sports as well, so that might not be a great indicator.
Why Is my Hair Thinning a symptom?
Because the hair grows sin 4-6 week cycles, If you are not able to maintain growth due to poor thyroid function, you will start to see global sparseness in the hair. The patterns is across the entire scalp, not just the top or the front. It is related because the thyroid controls the ongoing functions that support the system as a whole to remain WHOLE. If you are lacking in nutrients required, you will start seeing hair loss sooner than diagnosis. This is because “Sub-Optimal” levels of thyroid can lead to long term damage.
What Can I do about Hair Loss and Hormones? (1)
- Take a Quality Muti Vitamin
- Take Extra Vitamin D and Know your levels (25OH-VitD should be between 50-80, 30 is considered normal)
- Get 15 Veggies and 5 fruits Daily
- Get Enough Protein (1.9kg/pound females; 2.4g/pound males)
- Get some Protein from collagen
- Sleep 8-10 hours daily
- Eat iodized salt
- Eat crustaceans (selenium, iodine and zinc all support thyroid).
- Eat Brazil Nuts (4/day for selenium requirements)
- Get tested Early and Often.
- As young as 18 but before age 24. (normally recommended at age 32)
- Run a FULL Thyroid panel (most run TSH and Total Thyroid)(2)