Doc Talk #72 – Hair loss



Dr Dan and Jamieson discussed the topic of hair loss.

It is much more common for men, than women; and it can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical problems (especially for females).

We discussed normal hair growth including the hair cycle

D: On average you shed about 100 hairs a day

J: I believe it, especially living with my wife!

Most hair loss in men will be related to male-pattern hair loss (or androgenetic alopecia as it is technically known). It can be linked to an increased risk of heart disease, so it will be worth getting your cholesterol and blood pressure checked.

In women it can be a sign of iron deficiency, polycystic ovarian syndrome, male pattern baldness in females, thyroid problems and many other conditions. One of the commonest but least concerning causes in women is called telogen effluvium and this can occur after big physiological upsets – the commonest is probably after childbirth.

We also talked about some of the treatments available for hair loss.

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