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Thyroid Related Hair Loss: 4 Things You Should Check

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Thyroid disease related hair loss is a fairly common response in the body when hormone levels are not in balance. Frequently, it is the first symptom people notice and commonly leads them to see a doctor for an evaluation. Luckily blood tests can determine if thyroid disease might be the cause of the hair loss, however controlling and regrowing your hair might not be so straight forward.

Hypothyroidism can cause hair to become dry, brittle and coarse. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can both cause temporary hair loss due to hormonal stress. Altered levels of thyroid hormones affect the body’s use of energy. To preserve energy, more hair enters the telogen (shedding) phase of the hair cycle leading to increased hair loss. In theory, as hormones are stabilized with medication or treatments, hair should return to a normal balance but it can take some time for the hair to regrow.

1. If taking thyroid medication for hypothyroidism- Treatment with levothyroxine (Synthyroid) alone can cause excess or prolonged hair loss, which is a less known side effect of that medication. Even if you have been taking a thyroid medication for a while, your TSH levels might not be right for you. Talk to your endocrinologist about whether further testing of T4, T3 and antibody levels should be done.

2. Combination hair loss: Once medication type and doses are stabilized, if hair loss still doesn’t return other forms of hair loss should be explored. Androgenetic alopecia: male patterned balding, telogen effluvium: temporary hair loss from other body stress (see my article on “Stress and Hair Loss”) or alopecia areata: circular patches of hair loss could be culprits. A dermatologist can best evaluate theses other types of hair loss.

3. Nutritional deficits- In a recent study of women with thinning hair, Dr Hugh Rushton, of the University of Portsmouth found that 90% had low iron levels. Low levels of the amino acid lysine, which helps transport of iron, is also thought to contribute to hair loss. Eating a good diet, taking a balanced multivitamin and getting baseline lab work should be done before launching into trying other supplements.

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EmpowHER Guest

Thyroid has always been a main cause for hair Loss..and thanks for the preventive measures for that..but we should always keep in mind that all these measures dosen't have a 100% chance to get a bunch of healthy hair..the only way out is Hair Transplant.

February 5, 2011 - 6:28am
EmpowHER Guest

Since i was diagnosed with hypothyroidism , ihave been on levothyroxine and thyroid supllements. Even though my tsh is normal, there is one problem-hair loss. According to my research,the loss of hair is usually a normal part of the hair's life cycle, and can also be a sign of stress, illness or a result of heredity. An effective blood test can rule out hypothyroidism, and is worth the peace of mind if you are concerned about hair loss.

December 16, 2010 - 12:23am
EmpowHER Guest

Thanks for your Information. I had the problem and i tried this Provillus Treatment for hair loss. The formula is 100% natural there is no side effects.Im very satisfied now.

September 10, 2009 - 8:35pm
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