It is More Than “Just” Hair Loss
Hair loss or alopecia, is a common issue I see regularly, and the presentation is all too common. The patient is usually a female of a non-specific age who has been noticing excess hair left behind in her brushes, the sink and shower.
In most cases it has been progressively getting worse and as a result, has not been addressed until the hair has thinned to such an extent that friends, hairdressers or previous pictures reveal the significant change.
Hair loss and hair thinning (more so in women) should never be ignored or overlooked, in many cases it can be a marker for a greater underlying disorder or deficiency.
The Many Causes of Hair Loss
To understand hair loss, we must first recognize (in most cases) that hair production is a reflection of sufficient metabolic functioning. Other less common causes of hair loss can be the result of bacterial and even viral infections.
Please note that not all hair loss is the same and depending on the hair loss pattern, each underlying cause can be significantly different.
Some of the most common causes of hair loss and hair thinning are:
· Glucose metabolism dysfunctions
· Reduced oxygen levels
· Elevated emotional or physical stress
· Fever (long duration)
· Vitamin/Mineral deficiency
· Chemical or environmental toxicity
· Hormonal imbalances
I Have Been Living with Hair Loss and it’s Getting Worse. What can I do?
Hair loss and alopecia is not only frustrating, but for many this disorder creates insecurities and social withdrawal. These are somewhat “superficial” implications, but in many cases there are much more severe underlying causes to this disorder.
The first step in working to address hair loss is to identify the root cause. To accomplish this, a comprehensive laboratory panel and a thorough examination must be conducted.
Due to the diagnostic nature of Functional Medicine, it is in a unique position to accurately identify the root cause of hair loss/alopecia and provide natural strategies for managing this disorder.
If you suffer from hair loss or have been diagnosed with alopecia and are looking for information on how to overcome this disorder, please contact us or click here to schedule a free health consultation.