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Hair Loss
February 2002

Q. I am a 31-year-old female. Recently, a lot of my hair has been falling out in the last 6-8 months. You can't notice it from just looking at me. Aside from having a gastric ulcer, I am in good health. I do feel tired lately though. I have a 2-year-old, and am not certain if I am pregnant. Could it be a nutrition deficient or hormonal cause? Do you have any advice on supplementing my diet?

A. The causes of hair loss can be difficult to diagnose. The condition you describe is that there is general thinning of the hair rather than hair loss in discrete patches. Hair loss in women is often a result of hormonal changes, and the recent pregnancy may be a factor.

Thyroid conditions, medication, and other medical conditions should be considered as well. See your doctor for an exam to help determine the diagnosis. Specific treatment depends on the causes found. No single nutritional deficiency is likely, unless your diet is severely deficient in protein.




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