Before talking about hair loss and thyroid disease, I should note this fact: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 50% of all adults in the U.S. experience hair thinning by age 40. But thyroid sufferers should thoroughly care about their hair to avoid experiencing hair loss earlier and more quickly than usual. So in this article, you will find out important facts about hair thinning and thyroid, as well as hair loss and thyroid disease.
Hair Thinning and Thyroid
When our body experience hormonal imbalance, hair loss may happen. When the hormone testosterone on the scalp starts to turn into its less useful version – dihydrotestosterone (DHT), DHT attacks our hair follicles and shrinks them, or sometimes even make them disappear. As a result, our hair becomes thinner and finer day by day, and then begins to fall out. I do not even mention the fact that hair stops growing.
This conversion of testosterone to DHT occurs more speedily in thyroid patients with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. The worst thing is that they may have long-lasting hair falling due to this disease.
Some thyroid sufferers actually complain that speedy hair loss is the worst symptom of their disease. Here are common symptoms of hair thinning and hair loss they observe during thyroid:
- Thinning hair,
- Large amounts of hair falling out in the sink or shower,
- Their hair becomes dry, coarse and brittle.
Here are 2 important steps to stop or prevent hair loss in thyroid sufferers:
- Go to an endocrinologist and determine if you have hypo- or hyperthyroid.
- Then start following a healthy diet rich in all necessary vitamins and minerals.