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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 anaemia, 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.

Hair Loss Treatment That Works

Minoxidil is applied locally to the areas of shedding and Belgravia offers a variety of high strength minoxidil products; information about these is available directly from the clinic. Propecia (finasteride 1mg), 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 around the top of the scalp in men with a genetic predisposition to hereditary 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 clients 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.


2nd March, 2013 at 8:37 pm


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

2nd November, 2016 at 11:59 am

Ganesh mane

Hi. this is ganesh. I hv an problem regarding hair loss which is this way that over the cente of head or middle of scalp the hair growth rate is low or thickness of hair is low.bt other part of scalp hair rate is comparatively good. plz suggest me tips what to do ? reply me on mail. thanking you..

4th November, 2016 at 3:20 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ganesh, this sounds like a classic case of thinning hair on top caused by male pattern baldness. This hereditary condition only affects the top of the scalp and/or the hairline. There are clinically-proven treatments for preventing further hair fall and promoting hair growth, and you can find out about these on our male hair loss treatment page.

5th April, 2017 at 8:12 am


I am 18 now..My hair falls from every part of my head... about 1inch of temple region is already cleared... i loss hair from my eyebrow private parts and from under arms too.. i am using minioxidil but no effect it has only increased dandruff

6th April, 2017 at 10:19 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Roman, hair loss from your entire body is likely to be an autoimmune disorder called Alopecia Universalis. This is not something we currently treat so we recommend you visit your doctor for a professional diagnosis.

20th August, 2017 at 1:11 pm


I'm 29 in Dec I noticed the past two years my hair line receding more on my right than the left hair on top of my crown looks good and is thick although when I grow it out it breaks easily I am a carrier of thallasimia a blood disorder and have been prescribed iron tablets in the past although I'm not on any iron supplements to date I eat fish and oatmeal and two days ago started eating eggs, my dad is bald one of my brother s is bald he's younger but my other two brothers have great hair I know I should see a doctor at some point but really want to see a hair specialist

22nd August, 2017 at 9:42 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Gary, please find a full response to your query on the hairloss ANSWERS section of our blog, here

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