Hair loss is a medical condition where individuals begin to lose more hair than is typical in the normal cycle of hair growth. In general everyone loses about 100 strands of hair everyday but those that suffer from some type of hair loss condition will lose more than that. Sometimes a hair loss condition will be more subtle, and other times people will experience actually loss of clumps at a time.
Hair loss is such a unique condition because it is of a medical nature and yet has so many other consequences such as the loss of self esteem and confidence. In fact, for many, depression becomes a common problem that is a direct cause of the hair loss condition itself.
Many studies have been conducted to research the causes of hair loss in both men and women and the results show that there is more than one reason that so many suffer from this condition.
Genetics (Receding Hairline)
One’s genetic makeup can cause hair loss to occur. Male pattern baldness is known to be caused by a gene that is passed down the male line through generations. If a male’s father developed hair loss in his thirties, more than likely, the son will develop the condition at the same age.
Hair loss can be one of the side effects of several medications and treatments of disease.
Medication for Diabetes
Several diabetes medications can cause hair to fall out at excessive rates, although the numbers are not always consistent. Medications that control the blood glucose levels can cause hair to become brittle, which over a period of time will start to fall out. This effects both men and women.
Hormone Replacement Therapy For Menopausal Women
Hormone replacement therapy can eventually cause women’s hair to fall from the scalp. Often doctors recommend a cocktail of vitamins that will promote hair growth.
Cancer patients are often treated with chemotherapy, which is a poison and causes hair loss that results in a completely bald scalp in about 95% of patients. The good news here is that once the Chemotherapy ends the hair does grow back provided that there are no other hair loss issues.
Lack Of Proper Nutrition
One of the most common causes of hair loss is the lack of a proper diet. The body requires nutrients on a regular basis and the lack of such will cause hair loss that is beyond the normal range.
Situational hair loss can happen during times of severe stress. It’s important to note that this diagnosis can only be made when all other causal factors have been eliminated. During times of severe stress individuals can experience a beyond normal hair loss, sometimes even in clumps. Usually once the stressor is eliminated, the hair loss problems go away.