The stereotype of hair loss is the balding middle-aged man. However the fact is that a large proportion of men begin to see signs of hair loss in their 20s and 30s and hair loss in women has increased significantly in recent years, particularly among older women. According to a report on medical expenses published by the National Health Insurance Corporation, the number of female hair loss patients aged 50 and over tripled from 5,713 in 2001 to 16,624 in 2008. There has been a constant 16.5% yearly increase since 2001.
The total number of hair loss patients, male and female, rose 60% from 103,000 in 2001 to 165,000 in 2008. There were 85,000 male patients last year and 80, 000 female patients. While this shows hair loss still affects more men than women, it also reveals that there is not a big gap between the sexes.
Cho Nam-joon, a professor of NHIC Ilsan hospital, based in Korea, explained the reason for the rising numbers. “There are diverse causes for hair loss including hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiency, side effects of drugs such as contraceptives, and physical and mental stress. Now more people are exposed to these causes and thus hair-loss patients are increasing.” Cho said the increase in hair loss among older women was the result of not only the menopause but also stress and fatigue. He recommended that women eat a balanced diet and avoid stress.
While a good diet and a calm lifestyle will help keep hair strong and in good condition, if the hair growth cycle has already been adversely affected, then the hair follicles may need some help to get them back to their former healthy condition. For women, there is only one licensed hair loss treatment that has been proven to be safe and effective in tackling hair loss. Minoxidil has been licensed by the MHRA and ‘FDA-approved’ for the treatment of female hair loss in the UK and the USA respectively.
If you are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, a healthcare professional will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis and recommend a treatment programme. The Belgravia Centre has a team of experts with many years combined experience treating hair loss. To book a free consultation, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, please complete the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch to discuss matters in more detail.
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