Did you know that losing hair is natural? In fact, on average, people lose about 100 hairs every day. However, if something isn’t quite right with your thyroid, you might lose more hair than you should. Thyroid problems can even lead to baldness.
Board-certified physician Martin Maag, MD, and the caring team at Honest Hair Restoration offer effective hair restoration services and treatments to men and women in the Bradenton, Tampa, and Sarasota, Florida, areas. Dr. Maag creates each hair restoration treatment plan with your unique needs in mind.
For some patients, this may include addressing any underlying health conditions. Since people with thyroid disease can struggle with hair loss, our team created this guide explaining the link between your thyroid and hair health. Keep reading to learn what you need to know.
How does my thyroid affect my hair?
Your thyroid gland is in your throat. It makes hormones that the cells of your body need to function normally, including your hair follicles.
The thyroid hormones affect the cells’ metabolism, or how quickly they use energy. When your thyroids produce too much, your cells function more quickly than normal (hyperthyroidism). If your thyroid doesn’t produce enough, your cells slow down (hypothyroidism).
Your thyroid can be dysfunctional for several reasons. The most common cause of thyroid disease is autoimmune disease, which results when your immune system attacks your thyroid. Your thyroid responds by increasing or decreasing hormone production.
Hair loss is a common symptom of thyroid disease. To understand why, it’s important to understand how your hair grows. Your hair grows in a cycle that includes:
- Growth phase when hair actively grows
- Transition phase when hair stops growing
- Resting/shedding phase when hair prepares to shed, then falls out
With imbalanced thyroid hormones, too much hair stays in the resting/shedding phase and not enough in the growth phase. The result can be increased shedding, hair loss and thinning, and even balding.
How will I know if I have a thyroid problem?
There are different types of thyroid disease, and each has different symptoms. Not all symptoms are obvious and can be easy to miss. You already know hair loss and thinning hair are common signs of thyroid disease. Other signs include:
- Changes in your weight (unexplained loss or gain)
- Dry hair and skin
- Irregular periods
- Extreme sensitivity to hot/cold temperatures
- Mood changes (e.g., anxiety)
- Sleep trouble (e.g., insomnia; oversleeping)
- Trouble concentrating, remembering, paying attention (cognitive symptoms)
If you’re concerned about your thyroid health, it’s best to talk to your doctor. Your provider can order a simple blood test to check your thyroid levels.
What should I do if I’m worried about hair loss?
If you have questions about hair loss, it’s best to speak to an expert, like Dr. Maag and the team at Honest Hair Restoration. As a physician, Dr. Maag’s priority is your health. During your hair loss consultation, he takes time to examine your head, review your medical history, and learn about any hair loss in your family.
Dr. Maag offers personalized recommendations for treating your hair loss based on the type of hair loss you have and whether you have any medical health conditions, like thyroid disease. Some hair restoration options include:
- Custom-blended hair restoration medications
- Regenerative medicine (e.g., platelet-rich plasma [PRP] therapy)
- Noninvasive low-level laser cap therapy
- Hair transplantation using NeoGraft® assisted ProGrowth Combination follicular unit extraction (FUE)
To learn more about whether your thyroid is contributing to hair loss and how we can help, schedule an appointment online or over the phone at Honest Hair Restoration in Tampa, Sarasota, or Bradenton, Florida.