Everyone loses hair. In fact, it is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs everyday, unbeknownst to most.
But when hair loss starts to become noticeable, something is amiss.
According to the Academy of Dermatology, almost half of the American population experiences thinning hair by the age of 40.
If you notice that your hair is shedding in large amounts, or if your hair has become thinner or falls out, the source may be indication of a medical issue. These can include medications, allergies, family history and diet; as well as menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
If hair loss begins suddenly, it might be related to illness, nutrition, or stress. The cause also could be a genetic syndrome or hormone-related disorder.
When your body is under stress from a health condition, hair cells can shut down and redirect the energy to help heal what ails you.
Hair thinning and loss is treatable. Hair loss caused by diseases, such as thyroid disease, can be reversed with treatment of the underlying condition.
Board-certified endocrinologist, Dr. Theodore Friedman, MD, discusses the causes and treatment options for hair loss.