If you have hypothyroidism and are experiencing hair loss, then you no doubt want to know what you can do to stop this from happening. While many people with thyroid conditions experience symptoms that are far worse than this condition, the emotional consequences can be severe with some women, and even with some men. As a result, most people who suffer from thyroid hair loss want to know what they can do to cure this condition.
Before I talk about how to cure thyroid hair loss, it's important to understand what causes this to occur in people with thyroid conditions. A hormone imbalance is a common reason why people with thyroid conditions experience hair loss. The fluctuating levels of thyroid hormone are frequently what is responsible for thyroid hair loss, although it can also be due to an imbalance with other hormones, which I'll discuss shortly.
Balancing Hormones To Cure Thyroid Hair Loss
If it's the increase or decrease in thyroid hormone which is causing the thyroid hair loss, then the obvious solution is to correct this problem. This usually is accomplished by taking synthetic or natural thyroid hormone, but many people's thyroid hormone levels can be balanced by following a natural thyroid treatment protocol. This of course depends on the individual, as some people do need to take thyroid hormone for the rest of their life.
When this is the case, if such a person is experiencing hair loss then it might be necessary for them to speak with their medical doctor about adjusting the dosage of thyroid hormone. This frequently will correct the thyroid hair loss condition, although sometimes other measures need to be taken, such as adding T3 for someone who is taking synthetic thyroid hormone. Sometimes switching from synthetic thyroid hormone to natural thyroid hormone will correct such a problem.
For those people looking to take a holistic approach, following a natural thyroid treatment protocol can potentially restore their thyroid health back to normal, which in turn should take care of the thyroid hair loss problem. Such a protocol involves finding the actual cause of the hypothyroid disorder. While most endocrinologists and other types of medical doctors simply prescribe thyroid hormone to all of their patients who are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, most don't make any effort to find out what actually caused their condition to develop in the first place.
This is where a competent natural endocrine doctor can play a very important role, as such a doctor will evaluate the patient to determine what the cause of the hypothyroid condition is. In addition to looking at the typical thyroid blood tests, they may recommend additional tests, such as tests to measure adrenal health, the sex hormones, as well as nutritional and mineral deficiencies.
Can Adrenal Fatigue Cause Thyroid Hair Loss?
For example, many people develop hypothyroidism due to weak adrenal glands. And many people have adrenal problems due to eating too many refined foods, not getting enough sleep, and/or doing a poor job of managing stress. When the adrenal glands become stressed out, the body will begin breaking down, and in order to delay this process the thyroid gland will slow down the secretion of thyroid hormone, thus resulting in the hypothyroid condition. This fluctuation in thyroid hormone can lead to hair loss, as mentioned above.
So in this example, while taking synthetic or natural thyroid hormone may help balance the thyroid hormone levels and in turn help this condition, it does nothing for the actual cause of the problem, which are the weakened adrenal glands. So in this case it makes sense to have the person modify certain lifestyle factors and give proper adrenal support to restore their adrenal health back to normal, which in turn should correct the hypothyroid condition and as a result, fix the thyroid hair loss problem.
Obviously not every case of hypothyroidism is caused by weakened adrenal glands. And as I mentioned earlier, some people have a thyroid condition that is completely incurable, and as a result need to take thyroid hormone for the rest of their life. On the other hand, many people can have their thyroid health restored back to normal through a natural thyroid treatment protocol.
The Sex Hormones Can Also Lead To Hair Loss
While thyroid hormone is frequently responsible for hair loss in people with hypothyroidism, an imbalance in one or more of the sex hormones also can play a major role. For example, many people have a condition called estrogen dominance, which can be caused by either an excess in estrogen, or more commonly, a deficiency in progesterone. This condition can cause many symptoms, and can even lead to the development of a thyroid condition, can affect immunity, etc.
And someone who has hypothyroidism and is experiencing thyroid hair loss AND is in a state of estrogen dominance may need to have this condition corrected in order to correct the problem. In order to accomplish this one obviously first needs to determine that the hormone balance exists, and this can be done quite easily through a male or female hormone panel. This sounds simple enough, but most endocrinologists and medical doctors don't recommend such a test to their patients, even when their symptoms suggest they may have a hormone imbalance. As a result, many people who have estrogen dominance don't get this condition addressed, which almost always leads to a worsening of the symptoms.
Can Taking Nutritional Supplements Help With Thyroid Hair Loss?
Taking nutritional supplements can help to some extent with thyroid hair loss. The problem is that unless if the condition is due to a nutritional or mineral deficiency, then taking nutritional supplements usually won't permanently correct the problem. For example, a zinc deficiency can cause hair loss in some people, and thus correcting this deficiency can help to cure this condition. On the other hand, supplements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, L-lysine, L-arginine, and Evening Primose Oil have been shown to help with hair loss, but taking these supplements isn't always effective. And even when they are effective, they usually won't correct the actual cause of the hair loss.
In summary, those people who are experiencing thyroid hair loss and are currently taking synthetic or thyroid hormone might be able to have this condition corrected simply by having their medical doctor adjust the dosage of thyroid hormone. On the other hand, some people can have their health restored back to normal by following a natural thyroid treatment protocol, which in turn should cure the thyroid hair loss problem. While taking some nutritional supplements can be beneficial, just keep in mind that they usually don't do anything to correct the actual cause of the condition.