Are you worried about thyroid hair loss? It's normal to shed a few hairs each day, however when you lose excessive amounts it can be alarming.
Extensive hair loss is one of the most common and distressing tell tale signs of an underactive thyroid. It indicates that your thyroid hormones may be out of balance.
The pattern of thyroid hair loss is associated with overall hair thinning which can result in bald patches over time. You may notice that handfuls of hair come out when combing or washing your hair, or comes out after gentle tugging.
In addition, the hair loss is usually accompanied by changes in the texture of the hair. It becomes coarse, dry and lacks its usual luster.
If you are experiencing hair loss your hair and scalp should be thoroughly checked by your health practitioner to rule out other medical problems. For some people hair loss can also be a side effect of thyroid medications.
A thyroid crisis causes new hair growth to slow down. It feels like your hair is falling out quicker than it can be replaced.
You hair is an accurate barometer of your overall health. Further, hair health is very much dependent on a plentiful supply of thyroid hormones. A ground breaking study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows hair follicles are direct targets of thyroid hormones.
The thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) have a direct effect on hair growth. The study shows thyroid hormones directly affect the hair follicles to help generate new hair growth. In addition thyroid hormones can influence the time hair takes to actually grow.
Reference: Van Beek N, Bodo E, Kromminga A, et al. Thyroid Hormones Directly Alter Human Hair Follicle Functions: Anagen Prolongation and Stimulation of Both Hair Matrix Keratinocyte Proliferation and Hair Pigmentation. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Nov;93(11):4381-8.
It may surprise you to learn that premature greying of your hair can also be a symptom of low thyroid activity. Both T4 and T3 stimulate melanin synthesis. Melanin gives pigment or colour to your hair.
It is not too late to halt thyroid hair loss. Both the appearance and growth of your hair will improve as your thyroid health improves. However keep in mind it can take months before new hair growth really gets going. The important first step is to stop your hair falling out by recovering your thyroid health.
It is possible to recover your thyroid health. The Natural Thyroid Diet. The 4 Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly is a complete wellness plan. It is an invaluable resource that provides readers with a user-friendly, step-by-step plan to help them get absolutely clear on what is required to navigate their thyroid health recovery.
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