Balding Blues – Not Just a Problem for Men

As a man, there is nothing worse than losing your hair and balding.  Trust me I know!  Every man in my entire family, on both sides, doesn’t have hair – I was doomed from day one!  At first the thought of losing my hair drove me crazy. Thoughts and doubts constantly replayed in my mind, “am I still attractive?”, “does this mean I’m officially old?”, “what will my wife think??”, and mainly “WHY??!”; and then one day I just embraced it and decided to shave off what little I had.  I looked weird to myself and even to my wife but it soon grew on both of us.

I would sometimes feel down, but I know that while it is hard for a man to deal with hair loss, it is nothing compared to the emotions a woman goes through when faced with it. With these women, and their male counterparts, the main question is “why?” and “what can I do to stop this from happening?”.

Most women who start losing their hair automatically assume it must be their thyroid, because that’s what the almighty google or worse, WebMD Symptom Checker, tells them.  This can be a cause to hair loss in women, but it’s not the only cause and choosing to self-treat for this one cause can have negative effects.

Why the Hair Loss?

Estrogen dominance!  Estrogen becomes a bully and testosterone cowers in retreat. Yes; too much of one hormone causes another to drop!  Here is how it works:  All hormones are made from Cholesterol, and it gets converted into a chemical called prednisolone, which turns into DHEA, which turns into testosterone, which turns into estrogen.  I’m giving you the cliff note version of this.

If a woman’s body becomes dominated by estrogen, whether be it from stress, diet, thyroid, viruses, or Gi issues; the body will steal testosterone to make more estrogen.   This naturally creates a steady decline of testosterone in the body.

Many doctors and health care professions will either give testosterone or DHEA directly to supplement declining hormone.  Although this is sometimes effective at first; the body is no dummy.

Use it or loose it!  If you give the body the hormone for a long enough period of time, your body will simply stop making it.   The body is about conservation, not waste.

Another very common ‘cure’ is to give DHEA, and again, very effective at first, but something interesting happens with straight DHEA – it helps testosterone convert to estrogen faster!  Not what we want.  7 Keto DHEA is an excellent choice in this scenario because it does not let testosterone get converted to estrogen.

What causes the loss when you have a thyroid issue? Here are the Top 6:

  1. Ferritin is a major player in hair production. It stimulates the root of the hair follicle to grow. It is very common that hypo and hyper thyroid patients have very low ferritin and iron levels in their bodies.
  2. Low stomach acid Low stomach acid has been associated with decreased iron absorption. It has also been associated with leaky gut syndrome and other digestive disorders. When you absorb less nutrients, your body suffers.
  3. Autoimmune 80% of patients with thyroid problems are actually in an autoimmune state! In many cases the body gets confused and may attack another area of the body or many areas of the body.  Alopecia in particular, is an autoimmune disorder which directly affects the follicles of the hair, thus causing unnatural balding.
  4. Adrenal FatigueYour ‘fight or flight’ system, enough said! We are all way too stressed out, but that doesn’t change the issues our stress causes in our bodies. Again in a cliff note version, the body will steal the mother hormone prednisolone to make more cortisol.  Yes, the chemical that causes belly fat, leaving no room for it to make any DHEA to make testosterone.
  5. DietIt has been scientifically proven time and time again that high carb and high sugar diets make a complete mess of the body. They interfere with thyroid conversion and just about every other hormone. Eating is our chemical power plant and if you put junk in, you will get junk out.
  6. Other Drugs and ‘Supplements

Commonly used ‘vitamins’, diet pills, etc.

  • Acne medications containing vitamin A (retinoids)
  • Antibiotics and antifungal drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Birth control pills
  • Anticlotting drugs
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system
  • Drugs that treat breast cancer
  • Epilepsy drugs (anticonvulsants)
  • High blood pressure medications (anti-hypertensives), such as beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, and diuretics
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Parkinson’s disease drugs
  • Steroids
  • Thyroid medications
  • Weight loss drugs

There is rarely a ‘one size fits all’ solution to your health.

The main point here is that there is rarely a ‘one size fits all’ solution to your health. Before you try every solution that worked for the most popular celebrity, or your friend at work; you owe it to your health to see a doctor who is committed to finding the actual cause of *your* body’s imbalances. Not just what the latest medical journals say, or what the pharmaceutical companies are pushing that month.

You can trust the husband and wife team at Sugar Hill Spine and Wellness. Make an appointment today, and see the difference.

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