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What your hair can say about your health
October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s also a good time to check our overall health and understand that sometimes parts of our body can give us clues that something is amiss. Most of us view our hair as separate from the rest of our body. Just like our nails, our hair is an extension of our body that can give us clues to our well-being.
It is important to know what to look for when our hair starts acting a little strange. If you once had thick, lustrous hair that has turned fine and limp, first look to see what you have been doing to your hair lately that is different than the norm. Have you been swimming a lot in chlorinated water? Have you dyed your hair lately? These things, among others, can cause your hair to lose its luster. However, limp, dry hair may also be a sign of an underactive thyroid in which your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. This can cause your metabolism to slow down. Other signs can be sudden weight gain, fatigue and being cold all the time. Talk to your doctor about testing your thyroid levels.
If you have dandruff, it can easily be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo. However, if your dandruff is starting to turn into thick, scaly patches, it could be a sign that you have psoriasis, an autoimmune disease in which the skin goes into overdrive, speeding up the process of skin cell turnover.
The average person loses about 100 hairs a day. This hair loss is completely normal and shouldn’t make your hair feel any thinner. But if your hair starts to feel thinner or your hair starts to come out in clumps, it may be a sign that something else is going on. Sometimes hair loss can be attributed to stress like loss of a job or the ending of a relationship. Sometimes hair loss can also be another sign of underactive thyroid or a sign of hormonal imbalance related to other issues. Sometimes even medications like birth control pills and antidepressants can cause hair loss as a side effect. Hair loss can be related to many things so talk to your doctor if this seems increasingly abnormal.
Another sign of a more serious problem could be hair that is dry and brittle and breaks easily. Your hair is made up of a protein called keratin and if you aren’t getting enough protein in your diet, it could weaken your hair. This could also be another sign of a thyroid issue so again, be sure to talk to your doctor.
At the end of the day, don’t ignore anything your hair is trying to tell you. If you notice anything different at all, it is a good time to consult your doctor. If you notice a few things but aren’t sure if it is anything to be alarmed about, talk to your hairstylist the next time you visit your hair salon. They can easily determine if you should be talking to your doctor. Either way, do not ignore the signs.