Hair loss in post-menopausal and peri-menopausal women is most likely related to declining hormone levels. Estrogen, testosterone and thyroid deficiency are not only associated with hair loss, but also hair changes.
Hair may become finer, loosing body, wave and shine. It becomes dry and brittle, breaking easily. The scalp also becomes dry and may flake or itch. Every single cell in the body depends on adequate levels of hormones to remain healthy and this includes the hair follicles.
Even after a person receives balanced hormones, the damaged hairs may continue to ‘fall out’. What is important is the new, healthy hair growth. With thyroid deficiency this may take months. When estrogen and testosterone are replaced, the skin and scalp become healthier within days to weeks and new hair growth is noticeable within a month.
Some people may be confused over the term ‘androgenic alopecia’. This refers to male pattern baldness and is not usually associated with testosterone or androgen excess. Alopecia, or hair loss, in postmenopausal women is NOT associated with androgen excess.
In fact, most significant hair loss and thinning, brittle hair in women who are usually testosterone deficient. In rare cases, some pre-menopausal women with extremely high levels of androgens may experience hair loss if they genetically convert the testosterone to DHT in the hair follicle. Very rarely, a woman on testosterone therapy, who has this same enzyme system, may loose hair if levels get too high.
Healthy Hair Recommendations:
- Most important: HORMONE BALANCE (thyroid, testosterone, estrogen)
- Biotin 5-8 mg per day (not the microgram dose found in a Multi-vitamin)
- Zinc 30 mg per day
- B-vitamin complex (B6, riboflavin, folic acid)
- Magnesium 500 mg per day
- Essential fatty acids (Nordic Natural Fish Oil Capsules, Flax seed)
- Iron, if iron deficient
- Absorbable silica (5 drops per day)
- Vitamin D 3: 10,000 IU per day (2 drops)
- Standardized saw palmetto complex
- Topical Minoxidil (Rogaine) OTC
- Available at Walmart, Target and various drug stores
- Iodine is critical for hair health and thyroid function
- Lugol’s Iodine solution 1-2 drops per day
- A diet of whole foods (fat and protein) and fruits and vegetables.
- A diet with very few ‘processed’ carbohydrates and sugars
- Stress reduction
- Avoid chemicals and harsh shampoo on hair.
- Water softener (hard water strips oils from hair making it dry and brittle)
- Avoid dry heat. Humidifier in the winter
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