Weight Gain and Hair Loss
While they’re normally thought of as separate issues, sometimes, weight gain leads to a loss of your hair. One reason for this connection is your overall health. When you’re fully healthy, your skin, nails and hair all look healthy. When you start gaining unwanted weight, your overall health deteriorates. Look to the Manhattan-based integrative health practice at Vitality NP Family Health and nurse practitioner Svetlana Pyatigorskaya for solutions. Call today for a consultation.
Is There a Link Between Weight Gain and Hair Loss?
While no studies support a direct link between weight gain and hair loss, gaining weight generally impacts your entire body. Extra weight stresses your skeleton, musculature, immune system, skin and hair, so it’s possible there’s an indirect link. Certainly, acne breakouts and brittle hair seem to occur when you’re overweight.
If you’re experiencing weight gain and hair loss, Vitality NP Family Health can help you. This New York City holistic clinic successfully provides long-term solutions to age-related health issues and focuses on longevity treatments. Nurse practitioner Svetlana Pyatigorskaya ofers a variety of:
Who Suffers from Hair Loss?
How Do I Know What’s Causing My Hair Loss?
You can lose your hair due to many different causes, some of which may be underlying medical reasons. The first thing Svetlana during your consultation does is gather a complete medical and family history. A physical exam follows. Your Vitality NP Family Health nurse practitioner looks for obvious reasons why your hair is falling out, such as:
- Cancer treatments
- Pregnancy or a recent birth
- Medications you’re taking
- Scalp psoriasis
- Hair care that uses high heat or chemicals
- Severe, repeated hairstyles that pull your hair back tightly in a ponytail or bun
- Friction from hats or — in the case of body hair — socks or shoes
- Infections that impact your skin
- Hair loss after surgery Pulling your own hair out as a form of anxiety relief
If necessary, you may need to undergo testing, such as a blood test. Lab results can indicate the reason for your hair loss, such as:
- Low thyroid function
- High levels of the hormone cortisol, which is a result of stress
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Autoimmune issues, such as alopecia areata
- Nutritional deficiencies, including low levels of biotin, iron, protein or zinc
- Poisoning or poison consumption
- Sexually transmitted diseases
Can Hair Loss Be Reversed or Stopped?
The solution to your hair loss depends on the reason for the problem. Svetlana offers a variety of hair loss treatments to increase your hair growth, nourish new hair growth and even stop hair loss. These treatment options include:
- A topical compounding formula that you rub into your skin
- Home-based peptide therapies like cream, nasal spray or tablets
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, administered via an injection or an intravenous treatment, possibly given at the same time as peptide therapy
- Exosome therapy
Losing your hair is actually quite common, but that doesn’t make it easy to resolve. If your problem is tied to being overweight — or if it even contributes to your problem, then weight loss has to be part of the solution. Losing weight when you’re obese always leads to better overall health.
Should I Lose Weight as Part of My Hair Loss Treatment Plan?
If you’ve been diagnosed as obese or morbidly obese, weight loss results in better overall health, including for your hair. Improving your diet, consuming more water and exercising can all lead to glowing skin, improved nails and healthier hair. Experienced nurse practitioner Svetlana Pyatigorskaya is qualified to help you lose weight, whether you’re a man or a woman. Her treatment plan definitely relies on diet and exercise, but may also include:
- Compounding lipotropin injections
- Compounding pills for appetite control
- Peptide therapy that supports weight loss
- Intravenous (IV) therapy for weight loss
- Bariatric surgery, which may temporarily cause hair loss
- Gastric bypass surgery, which also temporarily may cause hair loss
If you suspect that your weight gain is the cause of losing your hair, contact Vitality NP Family Health in Lower Manhattan. Svetlana can help you lose the weight for the long term, while getting you started on a program to stop your hair loss.