Worried about hair loss and thinning hair? You’re not alone
Contrary to popular belief, hair loss and thinning hair is a real problem for women as well as men. Recent studies indicate that an estimated 8 million women in the UK are now suffering from hair loss and one in three has thinning hair. NHS England estimates that around 50% of women over the age of 65 experience female-pattern baldness.
Why does hair loss and hair thinning happen?
There are about 50 different hair loss disorders among men and women. The loss of hair can have a big psychological impact on confidence and self-esteem especially on women. It affects quality of life and relationships. One of the distressing hair loss types in women is the gradual thinning of hair around the top frontal area and extending back to the crown. It can start at any age, is progressive and inherited. If the losing of hair is genetic, the follicle gradually gets smaller and produces finer hair until it stops altogether giving you thinner hair.
There are a number of triggers for thinning or loss of hair:
- Internal imbalance or upset as a result of a nutritional deficiency
- Severe stress or an illness
- Hormonal changes
- Iron deficiency
- Childbirth or menopause
- Aging and genes
Fighting back against hair loss with collagen
Treatment for hair loss can vary according to the severity and the root cause of the problem. The good news is that as long as the hair follicle isn’t damaged, the hair grows back automatically or once an imbalance is addressed.
A study conducted in 2016 discovered that decreasing collagen levels near hair follicle stem cells is linked to hair loss and that collagen production can prevent this. Collagen supports the hair follicle stem cells by providing the amino acids needed to produce keratin, which is the primary protein found in hair.
As you age, your body’s natural levels of collagen decrease which may lead to thinning hair. Sadly, from early to mid-20’s we start to lose our natural collagen. Loss varies with individuals but scientists agree that by the time you are 45 you’ve lost 30% of your body’s natural collagen. Women lose collagen more rapidly than men during ageing, a process which is accelerated by 2% following menopause. We can’t control the effects of genes or stop aging, but a balance diet and high quality collagen supplements can provide the nutrients needed for keratin production and prevent or minimise thinning hair and hair loss.
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