What does hair loss say about your health?

10/10/2014

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There is no getting away from the fact that loss of hair, or thinning hair does tend to give the impression you are getting old. That is why it is so useful to use the Micro Pigmentation technique to cut your losses and probably look even younger and super sexy at the same time. But does hair loss send messages about your general health? Is hair loss a sign that you may suffer from bad health in the future?

 

In an earlier article we focussed on how a recent study published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology in the US made clear connections between Male Pattern Baldness and the onset of prostate cancer. The link here was testosterone. Men with high levels of testosterone are more likely to lose their hair early – in the same way high levels of testosterone lead to the onset of prostate cancer. So can we judge the likelihood of other health issues in people who may be suffering from hair loss? Take a look at some of these we put together below:

 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can go unspotted for a long time and is often never picked up until a blood sample is taken by your GP. It is worth taking into consideration that some people who suffer from this illness report thinning hair. Scientists are still trying to put strong evidence together to prove this connection but the theory is the blood vessels which supply the hair follicles are damaged causing hair to fall out.

 

Irregular periods

Just as in men, hair loss can be tracked back to high levels of testosterone in women. Irregular periods and sometimes fertility can affect women who experience excessive hair loss in their reproductive years.

 

Thyroid issues

The thyroid gland is found in the neck and an accepted sign that it is not functioning properly (especially in women) is hair loss. The thyroid releases hormones which regulate hair growth. An over-active or under-active gland can lead to hair loss.

 

Heart disease

Due to the complex interaction of male hormones and blood vessels scientists now accept that bald men are likely to be at greater risk of heart disease. Heart disease itself of course is fundamentally caused by clogged arteries.

 

Immune system issues

Bald patches can be caused by lupus – an autoimmune illness that causes inflammation throughout the body and affects more than 15 000 people in the UK, mostly women.

 

Enlarged prostate

 The prostate is a gland which secretes seminal fluid and is wrapped around the Urethra. A study of 30 men by Spanish researchers found that the balding men had prostate glands that were 34 percent larger than those with full heads of hair.

 

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