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The causes and the facts

THERE IS NO SINGLE CAUSE OF THINNING HAIR; THERE ARE MANY

Thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. The cause is often genetic, and can also be triggered by certain life stages. Hair cells reproduce at a faster rate than any other in our bodies, so they are also sensitive to changes in our health or environment. Addressing thinning begins with understanding what causes and contributes to it, and the early warning signs to look out for.

Known factors and reasons

DISCOVER THE SIX REASONS YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING THINNING HAIR

NUTRITION AND DIET

What you eat can play a significant role in hair thinning. A high consumption of animal fats, rapid weight loss and liquid proteinwikipedia» PROTEINProteins are large biomolecules, or macromolecules, consisting of one or more long chains of amino acidresidues. Proteins perform a vast array of functions within living organisms, including catalyzing metabolic reactions, DNA replication, responding to stimuli, and transporting molecules from one location to another. Proteins differ from one another primarily in their sequence of amino acids, which is dictated by the nucleotide sequenceof their genes, and which usually results in protein foldinginto a specific three-dimensional structurethat determines its activity.Vclose diets can result in a lack of amino acids, biotinwikipedia» BIOTINBiotin, also known as vitamin H or coenzyme R, is a water-soluble B-vitamin.Vclose , ironwikipedia» IRONIron is a chemical elementwith symbol Fe and atomic number26. It is a metalin the first transition series. It is by mass the most common element on Earth, forming much of Earth's outerand inner core. It is the fourth most common element in the Earth's crust. Its abundance in rocky planetslike Earth is due to its abundant production by fusionin high-mass stars, where the production of nickel-56(which decays to the most common isotope of iron) is the last nuclear fusion reactionthat is exothermic. Consequently, radioactivenickelis the last element to be produced before the violent collapse of a supernovascatters precursorradionuclideof iron into space.Vclose , proteinwikipedia» PROTEINProteins are large biomolecules, or macromolecules, consisting of one or more long chains of amino acidresidues. Proteins perform a vast array of functions within living organisms, including catalyzing metabolic reactions, DNA replication, responding to stimuli, and transporting molecules from one location to another. Proteins differ from one another primarily in their sequence of amino acids, which is dictated by the nucleotide sequenceof their genes, and which usually results in protein foldinginto a specific three-dimensional structurethat determines its activity.Vclose and zincwikipedia» ZINCZinc, in commerce also spelter, is a chemical elementwith symbol Zn and atomic number 30. It is the first element of group 12of the periodic table. In some respects zinc is chemically similar to magnesium: its ionis of similar size and its only common oxidation stateis +2. Zinc is the 24th most abundant element in Earth's crust and has five stable isotopes. The most common zinc oreis sphalerite, a zinc sulfidemineral. The largest mineable amounts are found in Australia, Asia, and the United States. Zinc production includes froth flotationof the ore, roasting, and final extractionusing electricity(electrowinning).Vclose — all of which are essential for healthy-looking hair.

MEDICATION

The hair follicle is incredibly sensitive to changes in the body. Any hormone therapy (including birth control) can contribute to hair thinning, as can steroids, specific chemotherapies, and medication for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and acne.

Other contributing factors

LEARN ABOUT OTHER PROCESSES THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THINNING HAIR

Early warning signs

HOW TO TELL IF THINNING HAIR MIGHT AFFECT YOU IN THE FUTURE