Hair loss can have a huge impact on your self esteem,which is why hair loss treatment has become a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. There are a million different reasons why you might be losing your hair, from hormones to age, genetics and illness.
But not every reason for hair loss is beyond your control – there are some changes we could make to our diet and lifestyle that could have a big impact on our hair. Here are five lesser-known reasons why you might be losing your hair:
Lack of protein
We all know that a healthy, balanced diet is essential to stay fit and well, but did you know it can also stave off hair loss? A low-protein diet has been associated with hair loss and thinning hair, so stock up on fish, meat, eggs and lentils if you want to maintain a full head of hair.
Hypothyroidism – or underactive thyroid – is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. Symptoms include weight gain, fatigue, depression and oversensitivity to cold, as well as hair loss. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it may be that hypothyroidism is the reason for your hair loss and you should see your GP to undergo a thyroid function test. Hypothyroidism is treatable, and your hair should grow back once your thyroid levels return to normal.
Too much vitamin A
Vitamin A supplements might be taken for any number of reasons – from heavy periods to Crohn’s disease, acne to asthma and even as an anti-ageing treatment. However, a study published in the journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has shown that over-use of vitamin A supplements can actually trigger hair loss. Thankfully, the hair should begin to regrow once you stop taking the vitamin.
According to a study published in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, it is possible that certain prescription drugs, such as blood pressure medications and anti-depressants, could cause hair loss as a side effect. If you have been taking a new medication and are experiencing sudden hair loss, it might be worth a visit to your GP to find out more about potential side effects of the medication and to discuss the idea of a reduced dose or alternative medication.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects the way a woman’s ovaries work. Symptoms include irregular periods, weight gain, acne and hair loss. If you think you might be suffering from PCOS, it is a good idea to seek medical advice, as treatment for PCOS could result in new hair growth.