1. Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks hair follicles (structures that contain the roots of the hair), is one of the main reasons behind hair loss.
2. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Hair thinning as well as rapid hair loss are common signs of PCOS, which causes a hormonal imbalance in the body. About one in every 10 to 15 women in the United States suffer from this health problem.
3. Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Those who suffer from iron-deficiency anemia often complain of thinning and brittle hair. In fact, hair loss is one of the most prominent and earliest symptoms of iron deficiency in the body.
4. Hypothyroidism (Underactive Thyroid)
Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, is another cause of hair loss.
Lupus, a type of autoimmune disease, can also result in hair loss. In this disease, your own immune system attacks healthy tissues and leads to inflammation.
6. Telogen Effluvium
Telogen effluvium is another very common cause of hair loss. It is characterized by an abrupt onset of diffuse hair loss for a couple of months after a triggering event.
7. Scalp Infection
An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation in the hair follicles, making it difficult for hair to grow. In fact, a scalp infection can lead to hair loss.
8. Zinc Deficiency
A low zinc level in the body is another cause of hair fragility, weakness and breakage that is often overlooked. Zinc deficiency can affect the hair on your scalp as well as the eyebrows and eyelashes.
9. Protein Deficiency
Hair is made of a protein called keratin, thus your protein intake is directly linked with your hair growth and quality. Protein is important for different functions within the body –from regulating hormones to tissue repair. Its deficiency can cause several symptoms, including weak strands that lead to premature hair loss or dry and brittle hair. Most people take inadequate protein, but your body may be deficient due to poor absorption. Poor absorption of protein can occur due to gluten intolerance, gall bladder disease, liver failure, pancreatic disease, abnormal bowel mobility and overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach, to name a few. If you are not taking in enough protein, you can increase your intake by including lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, soy products, almonds, yogurt and eggs in your diet. Pregnant women and those who are building muscle with weight training should include extra protein in their diets.
10. Clogged Arteries
Clogged arteries can cause hair loss in men. In fact, male pattern baldness, which means baldness at the crown of a man’s head, is a common sign of clogged arteries. Also, it can cause hair loss on the legs.
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