Dr. Theodore Friedman sympathizes with women living with hair loss. More importantly he offers information and treatments that may temper this condition. Hair loss can be caused by endocrine problems. One is hypothyroidism. Other causes have to do with various levels of estrogen or testosterone.
Dr. Friedman recommends patience when looking for some improvement. Each hair lasts for about 90 days. Improvement can take about three months. Real change can take onwards up to a year.
(Transcribed from video interview)
Hi. I am Dr. Theodore C. Friedman. I am an endocrinologist in Los Angeles. I am the Chairman of Medicine and Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Molecular Medicine at Charles Drew University in Los Angeles, and I am also a faculty member at UCLA.
I specialize in hard to treat endocrine problems, especially problems affecting women, and my specialty in terms of endocrinology includes thyroid disease, pituitary disease, fatigue syndromes and menopausal issues.
And I am happy to be advisory member of the board for EmpowHER and happy to participate in today’s video.
Yes, endocrine problems can cause hair loss. Hair loss is a major problem among women, and it’s a serious problem and women are very bothered by both their appearance and this is just a part of an underlying problem that they want to get sorted out.
The most common endocrine cause of hair loss is hypothyroidism. And patients with hypothyroid are known to have thinning of their hair, losing their hair in the shower, and especially for example their hair on the outer portion of their eyebrows is very commonly lost.
It’s not clear that whether you have to have severe hypothyroidism or mild hypothyroidism to do it, but I would recommend all my patients that are experiencing hair loss to get their thyroid evaluated and make sure that their thyroid is properly replaced.
If they are on thyroid medicine that means the TSH should be optimized which is usually between 0.5 and 2.