According to statistics from the Thyroid Foundation of Canada, approximately 200 million people worldwide have a thyroid disorder. In this blog, we explain the link between thyroid conditions and hair loss.
Why Do Thyroid Disorders Cause Hair Loss?
The thyroid is a gland in the neck which produces hormones that control the body’s metabolic rate, digestion, muscle control and many other essential functions. If the thyroid gland is underactive, hormone levels will be too low (hypothyroidism). Conversely, when the thyroid gland is overactive, hormone levels will be too high (hyperthyroidism).
These imbalances can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from changes in mood and fatigue to dry skin and difficulty in maintaining body temperature. Abnormal thyroid activity can also have an effect on hair growth. It is common for people with hyperthyroidism to experience hair thinning that extends across their entire scalp. Meanwhile, those with hypothyroidism may experience hair loss not only from the scalp but the face and body too.
Treating Hair Loss Caused By Thyroid Disorders
Hair lost as a result of thyroid disorders is usually not permanent. Most men and women find that their hair will gradually return to normal when their condition is brought under control with medical treatments. It is worth noting though, that medicine Levothyroxine, often used to treat hypothyroidism, can exacerbate hair loss until hormone levels are balanced. This is a temporary side-effect and patients should continue to take the medicine unless their doctor advises otherwise.
The hair restoration specialists at Vinci Hair Clinic also recommend several treatments that can be used alongside thyroid medication to boost the regrowth of lost hair. The Vinci LLLT Laser Cap, for example, is a high-tech device that uses laser light to stimulate the follicles. Vinci clients who used the Laser Cap for 7 minutes, every other day, reported noticeable results in their hair growth and condition in just 2 months. Another solution that can be beneficial for people who have thyroid-related hair loss is Vinci’s Vitruvian Line nutritional supplement. The vitamin and mineral complex is blended specifically to support hair growth and is simple to include in the daily routine with a single dosage capsule.