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Can Iron Deficiency Cause Hair Loss In Men?

anaemia hair lossIron deficiency is something usually associated with women, however it is the world’s number one nutritional disorder according to the World Health Organisation. A lack of iron can lead to the condition anemia, the symptoms of which include tiredness, looking pale, headaches and hair loss in both men and women.

How To Identify And Avoid Iron Deficiency

Because the symptoms can be caused by male pattern hair loss, in terms of the hair shedding, and lifestyle in terms of the fatigue and headaches, iron deficiency often goes undiagnosed. The key to minimising your chances of experiencing iron deficiency and anaemia is to eat a diet containing iron rich foods. Some good food sources of iron are: egg yolks, peas, beans, organ meats, dark leafy green vegetables, dates and raisins.

Men need 8mg of iron a day to avoid a deficiency, and those who suffer from conditions such as Crohn’s disease or a stomach ulcer where blood is routinely lost are particularly prone to becoming deficient. A strict vegetarian diet might also make a deficiency more likely, though as seen in the list of foods above, there are good sources of iron in many vegetarian and vegan foods.

 And If Hair Doesn’t Grow Back?

Whilst an iron deficiency can lead to hair loss, hair should regrow to its previous density after supplements or a diet change rectify the lack of iron your body is getting. However, if you notice a general thinning of hair, or a receding hairline within months of addressing your deficiency, it could be that you’re experiencing the onset of male pattern hair loss.

However, those worrying about going bald needn’t worry: if you begin treatment before areas become completely bald and shiny you have a very good chance of treating your hair loss medically. A comprehensive hair loss treatment plan devised specifically for you will generally include the two clinically proven hair loss medications minoxidil and Propecia.

 A Medical Hair Loss Treatment That Works

Minoxidil is applied locally to the areas of shedding and The Belgravia Pharmacy makes a variety of concentrations up to a combined daily dosage of 18% when a high strength minoxidil +azelaic acid cream is included in your treatment plan. Propecia, the other medication licensed by the MHRA to treat hair loss is a daily tablet that works by blocking DHT, the androgen that attacks hair follicles on the top of men with  genetic predisposition to baldness, causing follicles to shrink and produce weaker hair, and eventually no hair at all.

Alongside these  two medications, a Belgravia Centre treatment plan may include a number of treatment boosters, such as the FDA cleared LaserComb, which can stimulate the scalp to regrow hair at a faster rate, and our nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics, which ensures the optimum health of your hair. We also provide support for our patients 7 days a week, in person at our Central London clinics or over phone or email, in order to monitor progress and address any questions. If you’re worried that an iron deficiency might have masked the onset of a more permanent type of hair loss, we’re here to help.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

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2nd March, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Jason

Wow. I didn't know you could use minoxidil at that high of a concentration. That must be really effective.

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