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A Foundation for Healthy Hair is Good Overall Health

When it comes to hair loss, genetics, age, and hormones are key factors. But there are some factors that have been proven to have an impact on hair loss that you are completely in control of. At Pistone Hair Restoration, we believe it is important for our patients to understand the dynamics of healthy hair and how they can help achieve the best goals for themselves that are within their control.

It is well known that hair loss can be attributed to a lack of overall general health and bad lifestyle choices. Many times, we look for easy fixes. But if we ignore our health while trying to go from fix to fix, our efforts can often come up short. One of the biggest enemies to healthy hair is an unhealthy lifestyle.

Weight

If you are overweight, it can have an impact on your production of insulin and thyroxine. This can cause hair strands to not be replaced as frequently and can lead to an overall thinning effect of the hair.

Conversely, any dramatic weight loss can be a form of physical trauma on the body. In the case where a big loss of weight is stressing the body, it can result in hair loss. This is particularly true in cases of anorexia nervosa or bulimia.

Medication

If you are taking medications, particularly for cholesterol and blood pressure, one of the primary side effects can be hair loss. In many cases, the health problems addressed by these medications can be lifestyle diseases so it would behoove you to take a closer look at your health.

Smoking

Smoking impacts the vascular system and restricts blood supply. Because hair follicles rely on a fresh blood supply to regrow hair, without the proper blood circulation, hair growth can be restricted.

Diet

Your hair is affected by what you eat the same as any system in your body. Getting the right amount of protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, and calcium is integral to healthy hair growth.

Stress

Physical and emotional stress can impact every system in the body and can particularly wreak havoc on your hair. A particularly stressful event can make hair go into shock and cause it to shed.

Steroid Use

When you raise your testosterone levels artificially with anabolic steroids, you also exacerbate any genetic predisposition to hair loss.

Female Hormones

Hormone fluctuations that accompany pregnancy, a change in birth control, and menopause can result in hair loss for women.

Too Much Vitamin A

Overdoing vitamin A supplements or any medications containing vitamin A can lead to hair loss, according the American Academy of Dermatology.

Vitamin B Deficiency

Low levels of vitamin B can result in hair loss. Make sure to eat a balanced diet that is sufficient in vitamin B or take supplements.

Hypothyroidism

Having an underactive thyroid gland means it is not producing sufficient hormones and can result in hair loss among other things.

When looking at hair loss, it is important to look at the entire body holistically. Taking care of your overall health is something you can do proactively to support healthy hair growth.

We also understand that, in many cases, hair loss is not something within your control and can be devastating to your life. If you are suffering from hair loss, call our staff at Pistone Hair Restoration Dr. Pistone is one of only a small number of hair loss surgeons utilizing the latest techniques in the revolutionary procedures of microscopic hair transplantation.