1. Too much Vitamin A
- Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Thedaily value for vitamin A is 5,000 International Units (IU) per day for adults and kids over age 4; supplements can contain 2,500 to 10,000 IU.
2. Lack of Protein
- If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, your body may ration protein by shutting down hair growth, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. This can happen about two to three months after a drop in protein intake, they say.
- Female-pattern hair loss, called androgenic or androgenetic alopecia, is basically the female version of male pattern baldness. “If you come from a family where women started to have hair loss at a certain age, then you might be more prone to it,” says Dr. Glashofer. Unlike men, women don’t tend to have a receding hairline, instead their part may widen and they may have noticeable thinning of hair.
4. Female Hormones
- Just as pregnancy hormone changes can cause hair loss, so can switching or going off birth-control pills. This can also cause telogen effluvium, and it may be more likely if you have a family history of hair loss. The change in the hormonal balance that occurs at menopause may also have the same result.
5. Emotional Stress
- Emotional stress is less likely to cause hair loss than physical stress, but it can happen, for instance, in the case of divorce, after the death of a loved one, or while caring for an aging parent. More often, though, emotional stress won’t actually precipitate the hair loss. It will exacerbate a problem that’s already there, says Dr. Glashofer.
- Almost 1 in 10 women ages 20 through 50 suffers from anemia due to an iron deficiency, which is an easily fixable cause of hair loss. Your doctor will have to do a blood test to determine for sure if you have this type of anemia.
- In 2003, researchers from Finland examined women with hair loss to determine if the same sugar/carbohydrate and insulin resistance link existed in females as it did in men. The researchers found that women with high insulin resistance had a significantly higher risk of developing androgenic alopecia (AGA) hair loss.
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