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Can hair loss signal a more serious medical condition?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

YES!! Are your previously thick and luxurious tresses thinning as quickly as the rain forests in South and Central America? It might be hereditary balding. But hair loss can also be related to serious health conditions. In fact, hair loss can sometimes be the first sign of a disease such as a hormonal condition, autoimmune disease, or a protein deficiency. Hair loss can also be a sign of diabetes and cancer, but the leading culprits include the autoimmune disease lupus, scleroderma, and thyroid disease, both underactive (hypothyroidism) and overactive (hyperthyroidism).

 

If you have been seeing a change in the amount of hair you are losing, over and above what is normal for you, talk to your doctor.

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