How can hair loss be mistaken for thyroid problems?
Posted on 7th December 2018 at 14:26
Most individuals are no stranger to losing a few pounds, blue mood, loss of hair and occasional irregular period. If individuals are currently struggling with these problems on a regular basis, with a cluster or some severity of these signs and symptoms, their thyroid function may be the problem.
You might find it a little bizarre that hair loss can be a symptom of thyroid problems, but there is definitely a medical link.
Thyroid conditions mostly occur when an individual’s thyroid gland either produces too much or does not produce enough of certain hormones. Underactive or hypothyroidism can lead to various symptoms of fatigue and hair loss to weight gain. Most people do not develop signs and symptoms of underactive thyroid until several years have passed since its development process is slow. These conditions lead to dry, brittle hair or thinning of the hair on the scalp and the body. Further, a lot of these people just accept hair loss issues as ‘pure’ hair loss (i.e. not related to anything else,) so thyroid issues are not normally considered – especially if no other symptoms present.
If you have noticed some hair loss and have some of the other symptoms mentioned above, then thyroid issues should not be discounted.
Here are some tips and information individuals need to know about hair loss and thyroid disorders.
The Relationship between Hair Loss and Thyroid Problems
Prolonged or severe hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can lead to hair loss. This process is diffuse, and it involves the whole scalp rather than the discrete regions. The hair seems uniformly sparse, and the regrowth is normal with a successful treatment of the thyroid condition, though, it can take various months and sometimes be incomplete.
Various forms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may occur abruptly, and they can be diagnosed in their early stages while some of them may have been in the body for several months or years after the onset of the thyroid condition. This is due to the pronged hair cycle. In such situations, paradoxically the process of hair loss can follow the entire treatment for thyroid disease and the medication can be erroneously blamed resulting in the withdrawal of the treatment which may worsen the hair loss.
Signs and Symptoms of the Thyroid-Related Hair Loss
The process of hair loss develops slowly with hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Most individuals will not necessarily notice the bald spots or patches. Instead, the hair will appear thinner all over the body. Due to this condition, most people can lose between 60 100 hairs from their head on a daily basis. If the normal hair growth process is interrupted, it means that the hairs are not being replenished leading to a uniform hair loss. Luckily, hair loss that is caused by the thyroid diseases is typically temporary. People may experience the hair loss process even after beginning their treatment to help control the condition.
Thyroid Glands Require Nourishment
To avoid hair loss, individuals need to ensure that their diet and daily supplement provide the much-needed iodine, zinc, and selenium, which are three main nutrients required by a thyroid gland for the basic functioning. Various sea fruits and vegetables are best for achieving these requirements. One to two Brazil nuts daily provides the body with selenium and zinc components for example. Simple tasks such as optimizing your diet, taking a high-quality multivitamin, increasing your iron level, adding in a collagen protein, checking for low stomach acids, addressing adrenal fatigue, balancing both hormones and blood sugar can help control thyroid conditions. This will at least allow you to determine whether your hair loss is happening as a result of another medical problem.
From all the team, Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!
To speak to us about any aspect of hair loss or treatments, find all our details in the contact page.
Share this post: