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Hair Loss: Genetic or Something Else?
Yes, it’s true. Most hair loss is genetic. This is not always the case, however. Not surprisingly, overall health can have a significant impact on the number of hairs on your head and should be considered when looking for a solution.
First, let’s dispel any myths of hair loss as a male issue. According to WebMD.com, men and women are equally likely to lose hair.
Second, a good indication that hair loss is the result of something other than genetics is if the loss of hair is sudden and significant. In genetic hair loss, the process is gradual and often preceded by strands of hair that are actually thinner than what it is replacing. However, in the case that it is sudden and coming out in large doses, irregularities in one’s thyroid gland and autoimmune system may very well be the cause.
Other causes of hair loss include tight hairstyles such as cornrows or frequent chemical treatments including dyes and perms. Even hair gels or frequent changes in shampoo can take their toll. In all of these cases, hair will grow back if just given the chance to rest and revitalize itself.
Another issue to consider is diet. According to NaturalNews.com, Americans are the baldest of all because of our diets. High-fat diets can damage the kidneys which in turn leads to poor blood quality and hair loss. High-sugar and high-sodium diets can do the same. If you think this may be the source of your less-than-perfect mane, try focusing on retrieving your protein from eggs and beans and avoid drinks high in sugar.
Stress is a hair killer, as is sudden weight loss – a condition called telogen effluvium. In both cases, however, the hair loss is reversible. With time your body will adjust to your new weight and, as a result, allow your hair to regrow. And whether you decide to take up yoga or sessions with a psychologist, once you have your stress under control it, too, is only a matter of time before the hair will be back.
Ultimately, the number one cause of hair loss is genetic and therefore completely unpreventable. In this case, two options remain. First, own your bald head like you’re Bruce Willis, or second, go see a doctor about medical hair restoration. In the mean time, it’s probably still a good idea to eat well and stay healthy.