When it comes to hair loss, the first question women ask is, “can thyroid problems cause hair to fall out?”
The answer to this question is an obvious yes.
The next question women will ask is, “can hair loss from thyroid problems be reversed?
Again, the answer is yes, your hair will grow back, but the underlying hormone issue needs to be addressed.
Something to keep in mind, hair loss is not always just a thyroid issue. When it comes to hormones, when one is out of balance, other hormones are also out of balance. For hair loss. this would include the major metabolic hormones and sex hormones. The hormones include cortisol, insulin, DHEA, Testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone.
In this episode, we discuss ways to help hair loss from thyroid and other hormonal imbalances. For more information, you can read our article: Guide on How to Stop Hair Loss from Hypothyroid.
We have seen many patients over the years and hair loss ranks towards the top of the list of importance. Women are so scared and desperate not to lose their hair and will do and try just about anything to make it stop.
Unfortunately, many doctors are not interested, or not trained to treat your hair loss concerns. Patients have told us their doctor says nothing can be done, or simply refers them to a dermatologist.
Hair loss is not just a consequence of aging. It is not something you have to simply accept, it is a symptom of an underlying hormonal or nutritional issue that can certainly be addressed.
The thyroid gland plays a role with just about every system in the body. An underactive thyroid can lead to many symptoms, hair loss being a very common one that we see with many of our patients.
When hair loss is due to hypothyroidism, it is from the root. It may be typically to find full pieces of hair all over the house. In the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen and even in the car. The hair will be thinning all over the scalp, but mainly on the top and the hairline. It is also common for people with hypothyroidism to be missing the lateral ⅓ of their eyebrows, which is referred to as Queen Anne’s sign.
Below are some tips to consider in order to stop your hair from falling out.
Ideas to help with hair loss from hypothyroid and other hormonal imbalances.
- No Dieting (lowers T3)
- Reduce cardio exercise (increases cortisol)
- Improve sleep quality (lowers cortisol)
- Thyroid medication with T3 hormone (raises T3 levels)
- Lower High Reverse T3 levels (due to T4 only medication)
- Improve Liver function (improves T4 to T3 conversion)
Other issues that could be contributing to your hair loss:
- Low Iron levels (Ferritin)
- High Androgens in Females (high DHEA and Testosterone due to PCOS)
- Exogenous androgens (DHEA or testosterone prescription)
- Perimenopause and Menopause (lack of estrogen and/or progesterone)
Other Related Podcast Episodes:
- Do You Have a Low Free T3 Level? | PYHP 038
- What is Subclinical Hypothyroidism? | PYHP 037
- Which Thyroid Medication is Best? | PYHP 021
- How Do I Know If I Have Hashimoto Thyroiditis? | PYHP 020
- What Are The Best Blood Tests for Thyroid Function? | PYHP 019