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 offers a variety of:
Who Suffers from Hair Loss?
Both men and women can lose their hair. It can be temporary or permanent, sudden or gradual. You lose approximately 50 to 100 strands of hair a day, every day, either from your scalp or another part of your body. You usually notice significant hair loss in one of several ways:
- More hair comes out when you wash it.
- Your brush is suddenly full of hair or needs to be cleaned out more frequently.
- You notice more of your own hair on your clothes and furniture.
- The bathroom floor is covered with hair from towel-drying and combing.
In men, genetics definitely plays a role. Male pattern baldness tends to run in families, and it contributes to increasing hair loss in men as a normal part of the aging process. For women, serious hair loss is usually associated with a hormone imbalance or another underlying medical condition.
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?
- 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