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Hair loss is a prevalent issue that can affect all individuals at any stage of their lives, regardless of age, race, or gender. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, hair loss can be caused by several factors, including hair care routines, old age, and hereditary hair loss. However, hair loss may be a symptom of serious illness that may require medical advice, such as alopecia areata or anemia.
Haemoglobin is the protein in your red blood cells that is responsible for carrying oxygen to your tissues. Anemia occurs when you have a decreased level of haemoglobin in your red blood cells.
Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia, and it occurs when your body doesn’t have enough of the mineral iron required to produce haemoglobin. When there isn’t enough iron in your bloodstream, the rest of your body can’t get the amount of oxygen it needs.
According to Healthline, several factors contribute to a decreased haemoglobin level in your red blood cells, therefore causing anemia.
These may include:
Those with the highest risk include females, pregnant women, vegetarians (due to the lack of iron-rich foods in their diet), those who frequently donate blood, and anyone with inadequate absorption capacity.
These signs may indicate that you’re suffering from anemia. You should look out for:
When you do not have enough iron in your body, your body cannot produce hemoglobin, which carries oxygen for the growth and repair of cells in your body, including the cells that result in hair growth, which is the core cause of hair loss suffering from anemia.
Each hair follicle needs nutrient-rich blood and if it isn’t getting this, it makes the hairs weak. Over time the reduction of hemoglobin will result in hair loss. However, this can be reversed with the correct advice.
If you notice that your hair is becoming weak, more hair strands are falling out, or you’re hair growth is a lot slower than you’re used to, it is best to consult a doctor. Your doctor will perform a blood test to measure your:
Hair loss caused by anemia can sometimes be prevented with supplements or topical treatments. However, these over the counter treatments aren’t always effective. In this case, there are a number of treatments recommended to improve hair growth:
Effective treatments include:
There is a significant link between iron deficiency and hair loss. The most efficient way to prevent future hair loss for those suffering from anemia is to increase your iron intake with food that’s rich in iron. This can be achieved by:
Anemia is known to cause hair loss due to the lack of cells in your body that help with your overall health. However, anemia can be temporary or long-term, and it can range from mild to severe depending on the individual and whether any treatment methods are being used.
It is essential to consult a doctor or medical professional when in doubt, but with the correct lifestyle and diet changes, all the signs of anemia can easily be reversed, including hair loss.
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