• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: Low TSH Can Cause Hair Loss

    Low levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) are an indication of hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, has a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, increased appetite, irregular menstrual cycles and hair loss. Someone who receives a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism will receive treatment to prevent the thyroid from producing hormones or have her thyroid surgically removed.

    On the Other: Hair loss Has Many Causes

    Diseases such as diabetes, excessive styling, dying or chemical treatments, stress, scalp infections, certain medications and poor nutrition can all lead to hair loss. There is a genetic component to hair loss as well.

    Bottom Line

    Only a health-care provider can determine if an overactive thyroid gland is causing hair loss. Have your TSH levels checked to rule out other health conditions, and begin treatment if necessary.

    Source: Hair loss, causes

    The Hormone Foundation: Thyroid Problems

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