Testing for Hair Loss Importance of Vitamin D and Why Genetics are Major Cause of Hair Loss
Thank you for your question. You are asking if there is blood test that would help determine your other causes of hair loss besides male pattern hair loss at the age of 26 and you gave some examples. Well certainly, I can assist you with the evaluation of hair loss and what comes into mind when I examine a patient and I take a patient’s history that come into our practice. A little bit of my background. I’m a board certified cosmetic surgeon and fellowship trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years and hair loss treatment has been a big part of my practice particularly in the area of nonsurgical hair loss. We’ve.
Also been performing hair transplant for many years. So when a patient comes in and will give me a history of their pattern of loss for males, we first look at family history. We look at mom’s side of the family, dad’s side of the family. Invariably, we’ve been able to establish some degree of a pattern within the family and is often stated that the certain pattern such as a maternal uncle is how it works but really it doesn’t work that way. It can be spared, it can be variable and 11 chromosomes are associated with hair loss so you can certainly understand that mix can be associated with genetic role of the dice. Now that being said, we also certainly look.
At the general medical health and certain blood test which are routinely performed as part of general physical examination for men, it is usually adequate and that includes taking vitamin D levels. And it is common to have a decrease in vitamin D levels and we always require taking vitamin D. And vitamin D has a role in maximizing hair quality. For most men, once we do an examination were we examine the scalp with a microscope, we are able to establish that there is pattern loss, hair thinning. When hair goes from thick to thin to thinner and then disappears, that is very typical of androgenetic alopecia and no genetic deficiency that I am aware of that really creates that type of pattern. Nutritional.
Status and a lot of times, people would want to check their hormones so certainly they will go to an endocrinologist or a medical to have this done which is fine but I would say that 95% of hair loss is pattern hair loss. In our practice, to help people with pattern hair loss we do something we call Hair Regeneration. Hair Regeneration has been a development that has been very successful in our practice to help people with thinning hair. Certainly, I am all for supplementation nutrition whether it is in a form of multivitamins, and Omega 3 acids but when you realize that even people with nutritional deficiencies and less than optimal living conditions and other stressors.
Can have amazing hair and you realize that is most likely a genetic pattern. With Hair Regeneration, we combine plateletrich plasma (PRP) with Acellular matrix and it’s an injection, not a surgery to stop the progression of hair loss, reverse the thinning process so that hair that is thinning becomes thicker and to reactivate hair that is not growing to start growing. Now with 99% success for both men and women, you could imagine that we have patients who come here from all over the world and we even started a company called TrichoStemâ„¢ Hair Regeneration to help get access to this type of technology outside of our office.
Going back again to the question of a blood test as a general rule, yes, you look at thyroid hormones, you look at iron levels, you look at liver function tests, you look at hormonal levels and again this is something you can certainly do to get a peace of mind. And certainly, a lot of people come to us and usually we are not the first line. They come to us if they have exhausted everything else but it is routine for someone to come and they have not only those types of workup in the lab test but they will also get rheumatologic workup, autoimmune workup and basically they want to make sure that everything they can possibly lead to cause of hair loss systemically has been check to at least deal with. Now.
When it comes to women, it is a different story. Women tend to have a more sensitive, variation of hormone levels. Women have reported starting a birth control pill which has resulted into hair loss. They also reported stopping a birth control pill, pregnancy, delivery. Certainly, there are a lot of hormonal issues so we take a lot more of detail from that and we want to establish certain degree of stability to treat women. With men, once we diagnose male pattern hair loss, the options of finasteride, minoxidil and transplant are also discussed and many choose to go with Hair Regeneration. So I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck and thank you for your question!.
Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Cause symptoms and Natural Solution VitaLife Show Episode 176
Welcome to the VitaLife show I’m Janine Bowring and today’s topic is all about the symptoms of iron deficiency very very common and why it’s best to take a whole food iron supplement which is you know really really difficult to find on market place but now we got one so I’ll tell you all about that please stay tuned right to the end of the tutorial so you get our great health information and health tips and make sure you Subscribe.
To our channel as well so who does this effect now mostly in my practice over the years I’ve seen that women are mostly affected by having a low iron levels not to say that man as well can have an iron deficiency problem but women because we’re menstrual cycles having babies pregnancy we tend to have more on this issue with having a low iron level and unfortunately parasite so people don’t put that linked together.
Chronic low iron levels can very much be linked to parasites and having parasites in the intestines especially that are robbing you of your iron. Eating your iron for you to survive so that’s one thing that often misdiagnosed undiagnosed and we keep supplementing it with iron but we’re not looking at the root cause could be those parasites that are causing in the first place so what are the symptoms how would you know that your iron is deficient. Well first and foremost fatigue so you’re tired all the time.
Maybe your pale so whether that’s in your skin you just look pale the nail beds could also so when you press down on your nail of course not without nail polish and you press down and when you let go we should see that blood flow comes right back if you are iron deficient then it doesn’t come back as quickly as it should you can also look under your eyes so if you actually look under eye if you look at that tissue there should be pink.
If it’s not pink if its very pale telltale sign of iron deficiency maybe have brittle nails your hair could be falling out again your iron could be low restless leg syndrome so a study was done actually fifteen percent of people who had restless leg syndrome also had chronic anemia so a low iron level it could be to you that you have irritability and anxious and these are signs that your iron could be low.
As well as shortness of breath so when you walk up stairs do you get outta breath this could be your iron level as well as your blood pressure so slow blood pressure and you may know this if you’re sitting or lying down and you get out quickly and you feel kinda dizzy that’s a sign of low blood pressure this could be related to your low iron levels as well now do you have a chronic low thyroid maybe your medicated for your thyroid.
And this could be because you’re iron is deficient and because the iron deficiency actually slows down the proper functioning of the thyroid glands so something to check out because you know you could have difficulty losing weight your thyroid could be low and that’s because you’re iron levels are low headache so not having enough oxygenation to the brain and of course we know that iron help to carry oxygen in the blood stream.