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What can I do to stop hair shedding?

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:15 am
by Guest Posts
I am 64 year old sri Lankan woman (south Asian )
Am a type two insulin dependent diabetic take 500mg metformin two tablets twice a day gilcazide 80g again two tablents twice a day simstatin once a day 32 mls of lantas insulin in the morning
I used to have thick hair now it hardly covers the scalp I stopped colouring grey hairs with artificial colouring
What can I do to stop hair shedding?
I don’t smoke or drink alcohol
I eat lots of vegetables and fruits drink herbal tea no sugar and tap water no fizzy or sugary drinks
Also take exercise
Apart from taking medications for diabetes I never worry about it. I laugh a lot and have good friends not too much stress
I'm 5 4” and 70 kgs in weight - on the overweight category
I am a widow and spend a care free life I work full time

Please let me know what I can do to help myself.

Thank you, Muriel

Re: What can I do to stop hair shedding?

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:51 pm
by Dr Anton Alexandroff
Dear Muriel,

I am very sorry to hear about your hair loss. Hair shedding is very common I am afraid. Common causes of hair shedding are low iron (ferritin below 70 mcg/L), abnormal thyroid function, stress, crush diets, new medications (within 6 months before hair shedding started), illnesses, contraceptive pills, pregnancy. Sometimes there is no cause found. I think a good start would be ask your GP to do your ferritin and thyroid blood tests.

I hope this is helpful.
With Best Wishes,

Dr Anton Alexandroff FRCP(UK) PhD CCT(Derm) FRSM FAAD
Consultant Dermatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer
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