Many people don’t know what are the causes of their hair loss. Both men and women can lose their hair.  While most blame it on age, there are some surprising reasons why people experience hair loss.

Causes of Hair Loss

Here are ten surprising reasons – other than bad luck – why we might lose our hair.

1. Hormones

Hormones are powerful and can cause changes in the body that result in hair loss. Pregnant women or those on birth control pills are both susceptible to hormone changes that can affect change in hair follicles. Menopause will also bring about hormonal shifts when androgen receptors are activated on the scalp and hair falls out.

2. Diabetes

People with diabetes might notice that their hair is thinning or that it is falling out in patches. This is due to a condition that often accompanies diabetes. Alopecia areata causes the immune system to reject and then to attack hair follicles.

3. Thyroid Disorders

An underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism, can cause hair to fall out. The thyroid fails to produce the right amount of hormones, which are critical for growth.

4. Heredity

Your genes are a factor and – surprise! – it’s your mom who carries the male pattern baldness gene in the family. The female version is called androgenetic alopecia, which is noticeable when hair starts to thin along the part line.

5. Autoimmune disease

An overactive immune system targets hair and triggers the fallout.

6. Stress

Our bodies react to stress in various ways and in some cases, the body’s response, especially physical stress, is to slough of hair. Telogen effluvium is the process by which the body experiences such a shock and is fooled into launching into one of its natural life cycle phases:  growth, rest or shedding. A physical trauma will cause your body to shed hair, but as the body recovers, so will the hair.

7. Vitamins

Taking vitamins has a purpose, but taking too many or too few can be dangerous to your health and also to your hair. Vitamin B deficiency, for instance, can cause hair loss. On the other hand, the opposite is also dangerous in regards to taking in too much Vitamin A, as hair loss will be the result.

8. Diet

A severe dietary change can affect your hair, causing it to fall out. Harshly restricting protein and calories, having an eating disorder, or replacing meals with supplements can over time have a negative effect. Reversing the hair loss is possible, with a return to a well-balanced diet.

9. Anemia

Hair loss is a definite sign of anemia brought on by an iron deficiency. When faced with a lack of iron, your body will enter survival mode, rerouting all of its energy into supporting your body’s vital functions.

10. Medications

Medications, especially beta-blockers that treat blood pressure and also blood thinners can have an adverse effect on your hair, causing it to fall out. The same is true of chemotherapy.

If you notice that your hair is thinning or falling out in patches, talk with your doctor about what might be causing the loss. Thinning hair is often a sign of a bigger problem that needs to be addressed, perhaps a chronic illness that requires a diagnosis. In most cases, hair loss is a symptom.

One solution is to take charge of the situation and contact the skilled hair restoration professionals at MAXiM Hair Restoration.  MAXiM Hair Restoration has plastic and hair transplant surgeons who artfully create an attractive hairline for people with hair loss every day.

We have convenient locations throughout the U.S. including New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Newport Beach, and the Washington, DC, area, as well as international locations including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Manila. Chances are there is a MAXiM center near you.  Contact MAXiM today for a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant or other hair restoration solution.

Causes Of Hair Loss In Men

What are the Causes of hair loss in Men? Most men experience hair loss at some point in their lives. By age 65, nearly two thirds of men have thinning hair. The overwhelming majority of cases are described as male pattern baldness (MPB), which is entirely hereditary.

We lose hair every day – about 50-100 is normal. It is not noticeable in a healthy head of hair, because new hair is always growing in. With male pattern baldness, the hair follicles shrink over time, causing the hair to be shorter and thinner. Eventually, the hair falls out and no new growth occurs. The “pattern” mentioned in male pattern baldness is the front hairline, which first recedes in an M shape, then eventually the hair on the crown also falls out for a U shape to the remaining hair.

A man is predisposed for male pattern baldness by his genetics. The way a man with MPB loses hair is a sensitivity to the male sex hormone that produces testosterone, called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The sensitivity develops over time, gradually becoming more pronounced. There are drugs that can block DHT and prevent hair loss in men, but it’s unlikely that he will begin treatment in time to prevent the majority of hair loss. Some medication for hair loss may cause sexual side effects.

The hair that typically does not fall out, along the sides and back of the head, is resistant to DHT. This is the hair used as “donor hair” in a hair transplant. In a hair transplant, a surgeon removes healthy hair from an area where it is densely growing and implants the grafts in the area with thin or no hair. Because the donor hair is resistant to DHT, it continues to grow healthy hair that won’t fall out.

If you have MPB, MAXiM Hair Restoration can help. With surgeons who artfully create an attractive hairline and convenient hair transplant locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas and the Washington, DC area, MAXiM can help you look your best with your own natural, growing hair. Contact MAXiM today to find out if you are a candidate for a hair transplant.

Causes of Hair Loss: Things You Didn’t Know About

The Surprising Causes of Hair Loss You Didn’t Know About. We have always been told to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Failing to follow this healthy habit leads to dehydration. Dehydration happens when you are not able to supply your body with enough fluid that it needs. Dehydration causes sleepiness, headache, dizziness, constipation, and dry skin. What we most often fail to notice is its effect on hair loss.

What you take in affects the condition of your hair. Your hair is a vital part of your body’s integumentary system, the organ system that protects us from the possible damages from the outside world. Like any other organ system, our integumentary system needs proper diet in order to function as it should. Since water is an important component of our diet, the lack of it is one possible cause of hair loss.

Your hair strands are constantly growing. Each strand lasts up to six years. Part of its life cycle is the falling out phase. Dehydration hastens the shedding and breakage of each strand. Your hair is made up of 25% water. This fact should be enough to explain the necessity of hydration in the health of your hair. However, water also possesses vitamins that are vital to the health of your hair. Water is the primary source of strength for hair cells that induce hair growth. Aside from that, water is needed to rid the body of toxic wastes that may also cause hair loss.

Causes of Hair Loss

There is a common myth that says coffee and tea can dehydrate the body. Fortunately, unless you are consuming more than 500 milligrams a day, you will not become dehydrated from coffee intake. However, there are food and drinks that may lead to dehydration. If your diet contains the following, you should consider adding more fluid to your system.

  • Alcohol – Drinks high in alcohol are natural diuretic. Alcohol shrinks your cells. When this happens, excess water is squeezed out. This explains why drinkers have the urge to urinate often. Frequent peeing will drain your body’s water content. This will in turn, lead to a splitting headache if you fail to replenish your body with water.

  • Protein – A lot of people these days are looking to increase their muscle mass so they switch to high protein diet. Nitrogen, a natural component of protein needs to be flushed out of the body. The person with a high protein diet urinates frequently which leads to dehydration.

  • Asparagus – The asparagines in asparagus is an amino acid that acts as a diuretic.

  • Herbal supplements – herbs found in many supplements have urine-increasing properties. Herbs such as watercress, dandelion, and parsley are used to remedy urinary tract infections because they help lower water retention. Eating too much of these herbs leads to dehydration.

According to Medical Daily, 75% of the population is dehydrated. If you are suffering from hair loss, it is best to up your water intake. Not all kind of water is the same, however. Natural spring water is highly recommended by doctors in combating dehydration. On the other hand, purified water and distilled water should be avoided as they have been stripped of the minerals needed by your hair.

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