ss_blog_claim=ded1032afe4804d8c786343d92d4da42 Low Carb Weigh Of Life: Hair Loss

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Hair Loss

Have you or anyone you know experienced hair loss due to genetic, hormonal, or medical matters? If so, there is help out there. PublicHealthForums.com is offering information and treatment options for dealing with many types of hair loss.

What causes Hair Loss?

The most common cause of hair loss is caused by a hormonal imbalances called androgenic alopecia. Other causes of hair loss are caused by drugs such as blood thinners that are used to treat depression, gout, arthritis, and cardiovascular conditions. Hair loss can also be caused by major medical treatments such as Chemotherapy and radiation, as well as major surgery, and stress.

Diet and improper nutrition can also induce hair loss. A low protein diet often results in severe hair loss. Once the person starts eating adequate amounts of protein, normal hair growth should resume fairly quickly. Too much or too little of certain vitamins can also cause hair loss. For example, an iron deficiency, or an excess of vitamin A have been known to cause hair loss in some people. Some women who have heavy periods develop an iron deficiency. This can be corrected with iron supplements.

If you are unsure of what the cause of your hair loss is, it's best to consult a dermatologist. The sooner you address hair loss, the better the chances you have of halting and reversing it.

What are the options for treating hair loss?

Hair loss is common among both men and women and the treatment options vary widely. One solution is a hair transplant. This is a surgical procedure in which graphs of skin are relocated to parts of the scalp where hair is absent. Another popular option is Rogaine or Minoxidil an FDA approved drug. Although Rogaine has proven to be effective for many who use it, it requires a very demanding routine involving two daily applications to the scalp and may sometimes be given up before it is allowed to work.

Another popular drug is Provillus which comes in topical and oral forms. Provillus contains Minoxidil but also contains ingredients that cause it to act as a DHT inhibitor.

Finasteride, is commonly used for prostate cancer prevention but can also be used to combat the effects of hair loss. Finasteride has been shown to work for men, but it does have possible irreversible sexual side affects. While men who are not worried about sexual side effects can enjoy the benefits of Propecia women can not use it. Studies have found that Finasteride does not have the ability to regrow hair in women. It is also noted that women should not even try to use this product as it causes birth defects in unborn babies.

While I have discussed the leading causes and treatments for hair loss it is strongly suggested that if you are experiencing severe hair loss that you see your doctor or dermatologist immediately.

5 comments:

Kent said...

I have heard increasing one's Biotin intake also helps hairloss problems while losing weight as well. Most supplements include them, and for me it was more preventative than anything else.

Sorina said...

You have a very nice blog, good post and pictures…keep up the good job

izzy69rocks said...

Oh man .... I should have read this post earlier.... now having hair loss stress....
Thanks for sharing this great article.

Anu said...

Off topic - but I saw your photos and had to leave a comment. You look beautiful in all 3 pics. Don't be depressed! You are looking very nice!
Agree that you will feel and be a lot healthier if you shed some pounds. From your posts, looks like you are making great progress! Good luck!
You look absolutely fab...thumbs up!
Love,
Anu

smalltownmom said...

Also had some hair loss after Kimkins - losing 80 lbs is great - going bald not so good.

I started taking B6 - 100 mg daily. Hair loss stopped immediately. Also, increased calories to 1200. Feeling better.