Have you been feeling tired lately? Sluggish perhaps, or weak? Are you having problems concentrating or are you gaining weight? Are you becoming prone to constipation and muscle aches? Is your skin becoming dry and brittle? Finally, are you also suffering from hair loss? No, we are not talking about the process of ageing but about diagnosing a possible thyroid disorder.
There are, as you probably know, a thousand and one reasons behind excessive hair loss: stress, environmental factors, genetics, underlying medical conditions, medication, hormonal changes…The list goes on. Hormonal changes, particularly, are extremely complex and while their mechanism is still obscure, their effects can still very much be observed. So if you’ve started noticing that your hair is thinning out, and you don’t know why– especially if your hair loss is accompanied with the plethora of other lovely problems highlighted above– ruling out a thyroid imbalance is definitely on your TO-DO list.
But first things first: what exactly is this mysterious thyroid that could be causing you to shed like a wild animal preparing for the hot summer months ahead?
Unless you’re from an alien race, you should have a small, butterfly-shaped thyroid gland located in your neck– (if you don’t, then this article probably doesn’t apply to you). Your thyroid is responsible for secreting hormones called triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) that regulate all sorts of important things, such as the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and minerals.
If you’re healthy, most of your hair follicles at any given time are in their growing phase (anagen), while a minority prepares to enter (or is already in) the resting phase– telogen. Since hair follicles are extremely active on the metabolic scale, any slightest variation in your thyroid hormone levels will throw off your normal hair cycle. And not in a good way– your hair follicles won’t linger in anagen but will rather get cast off into telogen. In other words, distressing hair loss will occur.
There are two main types of thyroid disorders, both of which can lead to hair loss. Your thyroid will either secrete too many hormones (a condition called hyperthyroidism) or not enough (known as hypothyroidism). Hair loss most commonly occurs with hypothyroidism.
Why? Hypo, not to be confused with hippo, comes from the Greek preposition hypo– meaning “under” or “below”. In other words, your metabolic rate slows down, and not enough energy is generated for the preservation of your thick head of healthy hair.
In many cases, Hashimoto’s is the culprit for hypothyroidism; alas, this is no tasty sushi appetizer but an autoimmune condition where thyroid tissue is attacked by your own immune system. To make matters worse, some physicians will not test for antibodies that could reveal a condition of autoimmunity. This is why it’s always important to do thorough research before consulting physicians and choosing to take a course of action. The last thing you want to do is suppress a condition rather than try to treat the root of its cause.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, you might be put on medication but bear in mind that this may result in further medical complications, such as throwing your hormone cycle off balance even further. It’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons of taking synthetically-produced thyroid hormones to compensate for any underproduction.
However, you can naturally treat your hair loss without suffering from ill side effects. You just have to pick the right solution. Many patients diagnosed with thyroid disorders end up following a regimen of laser therapy precisely because it has no side effects and is clinically proven to be effective. A technologically advanced laser hair therapy device, such as the Theradome LH80 PRO, ensures that the mitochondria of hair cells get treated with the perfect dosage of energy to reverse hair loss at a cellular level. And no need to tighten your belt and schedule expensive and inconvenient visits to laser hair therapy clinics. The FDA-cleared Theradome is affordable, convenient and delivers clinical strength results from the comfort of your own home.