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October 9, 2007 at 4:10 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Weight Gain and Hair Loss: What's the Connection


Everyone knows that eating high-fat, high-cholesterol and high-salt foods is bad for you. They're difficult for your body to ingest, and they tend to contain few of the essential nutrients or digestive enzymes needed to keep the human body functioning at maximum potential.They contribute to the rising levels of obesity, and they're hard to avoid given that most fast/convenience foods are usually these types of products. What most people don't know is that these foods also contribute to hair loss!

Foods that are bad for you accelerate the aging process. They're also harder for the body to digest. This means that energy that could be attributed elsewhere is redirected to digestion. And, since you're not getting the right digestive enzymes from these foods, it makes things even harder! In some instances, weight gain and hair loss together can be an indication of a far more serious problem than bad eating - it could be indicative of a thyroid disorder. According to the Center for Disease Control, hair loss can be related to thyroid disease, as well as aging, male pattern baldness, autoimmune disease, and even stress. Thyroid disease occurs when the thyroid either acts too much or acts to little.

The thyroid, an endocrine gland located in the neck, has many important functions. It controls the rate at which the body burns energy, how the body reacts to hormones, and it also creates proteins. The thyroid produces its own hormones, T4 and T3, and these hormones are involved in metabolism and also function as a growth hormone. If the thyroid stops acting as much as it should, thyroid disease can develop and cause several undesirable symptoms. They include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Weight Gain
  • Hair Loss
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Brittleness in remaining hair

A health practitioner can diagnose you for thyroid disorder by measuring the amount of thyroid-stimulating hormone in your body. In the event that you do have an underactive thyroid, it's possible that the medicines prescribed have hair loss as a side effect. However, there are other options. Hair replacement surgery is a time-consuming, painful surgery that involves transplanting healthy follicles from one area of your head and transplanting them to areas where you are balding. In the case of thyroid disease, this may not work as the balding is a general shedding. Prescription medicines are available to control balding, though they often have their own side effects, such as sexual dysfunction or irritation of the scalp. Prescriptions solutions often have chemicals that can cause side effects, such as irritation in the scalp, or even a decrease in sexual libido and performance. Herbal supplements are a safer alternative as their ingredients are all-natural and therefore, have no negative side effects.

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