Thinning hair – 5 things to think about…
Thinning hair is one of the top three concerns I see in women over age 45. Some experience generalized hair loss, others feel they are loosing hair in the frontal area of the scalp. If you have noticed your hair is loosing its volume or worse, you are suffering from patches of bald areas, here are 5 things to consider:
1. Thyroid function. The standard thyroid test examines TSH, which is simply a measure of the amount of stimulation your thyroid is receiving. The higher the number, the harder the body is working to maintain adequate levels of hormone. Dr. Cathryn Coe, ND offers testing of all thyroid markers including TSH, T4, T3, reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies.
2. Androgen levels. As we age, levels of progesterone naturally drop, leading to higher levels of DHEA and testosterone. If these hormones are unopposed by the hormone progesterone, symptoms of excess androgens can appear. These symptoms might include acne, oily skin, weight gain, or simply thinning at the front of the scalp.
3. Low iron levels. Ferritin is a measure of iron stores in the body. Ideal hair growth comes when ferritin levels are above 80.
4. Low estrogen. I have seen many cases where estrogen levels are low along with other hormones. Women may experience hot flashes, brain fog, vaginal dryness and low sex drive with low estrogen levels.
5. It is not uncommon to have hair loss during times of stress. Patchy alopecia can appear as well, whereby one or more bald spots can appear on the scalp. I have successfully used vitamin iv therapy to treat stress induced alopecia.
Nutrient therapy can be beneficial for hair loss of various origins, but identifying the cause is key. Dr. Cathryn Coe, ND has over 12 years of experience uncovering hormonal imbalances to help women achieve naturally good health and hair regrowth. She utilizes various methods of hormone testing to uncover the cause of these imbalances.