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7 Reasons You’re Losing Hair

Posted in Personal Health 01 Oct, 2014

Hair loss can be a frustrating and discouraging experience for some men. Male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss, affecting over 6.5 million men across the UK. For a few, this process starts to take effect in their early teens, and by the age of 60 or 70, the majority of men will have thinning hair.

Here is a list of common and not so common reasons why you're gradually balding:

Excess Vitamin A

If you're overdoing it with vitamin A supplements or medicines, these can cause hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. 5,000 International Units (IU) per day is the daily vitamin value for adults and children over the age of 4. Some supplements contain as much as 2,500 to 10,000 IU. When you reduce your Vitamin A intake, hair should grow back naturally.

Too little protein

If the body is deprived of protein, your body may ration it by shutting down hair growth, noted the American Academy of Dermatology. This may occur about 2 to 3 months after your protein levels drop, they add. There are lots of great animal and vegan/vegetarian sources of protein out there, including fish, Quorn, legumes, eggs and meat.

Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is particularly common among women aged 20 to 49, with 1 in 10 suffering from it. Once your doctor has confirmed your anaemia with a quick blood test, it is easy to fix the problem. A basic iron dense supplement should rectify the problem. Common symptoms of iron deficiency include, dizziness, headache, pale looking skin, and cold hands and feet.

Male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness is caused by a combination of genes and male sex hormones. This typically follows a classic pattern through which hair thins at the temples, resulting in an m-shaped hairline. You can apply topical ointments like minoxidil (Rogaine) to the affected areas or take oral medications, such as finasteride (Propecia) which can both halt hair loss and help it grow back in some cases. Other options include a hair transplant or graft hair.

Too little vitamin B

Though there's not many reported cases, decreased levels of vitamin B are another factor which prompt hair loss. Similar to iron deficiency, basic vitamin B supplements should help reverse the problem. The vitamin can be found in several food sources, such as fish, meat, non-citrus fruits and starchy vegetables. Good fats like nuts and avocado are great for your hair too.

Sudden weight loss

This is not to be confused with gradual weight loss over the years. Dramatic weight loss is a type of physical trauma that can cause hair to thin. This can take place even if the weight loss is eventually good for your health. It's a possibility that the sudden loss of weight is putting stress on your body. Hair loss together with considerable weight loss over a short period of time can also be early signs of a serious eating disorder, such as bulimia and anorexia. As long as you switch over to a more balanced diet, the problem should correct itself within 4-6 months.

Vigorous styling or tight caps

If you apply too many chemical based hair products to style your hair or keep it under a tight cap all the time, this can cause hair loss too. Examples of vigorous styling include cornrows, hair weaves, tight braids as well as chemical relaxers to achieve straightened hair. The overuse of hot treatments can damage the hair follicles too. All of these practices can harm the hair root.

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