Hair Loss and Adrenal Fatigue

January 4, 2017 — by Robert True
Tags: Hair Loss Hair Transplants

A full head of hairHair loss can affect a patient’s self-confidence, leaving those with thinning hair unhappy with their appearance. Hair loss treatment is available to restore the hair to it's former thickness and volume. Hair loss can happen to men and women, and may begin as early as their 20s. Some patients will experience hair loss due to genetics, while others may find that a high stress lifestyle has caused hair loss. Those who live highly stressful lives may attribute their hair loss to adrenal fatigue. To learn more about hair loss and adrenal fatigue, schedule a consultation with New York, NY hair restoration doctors Robert J. Dorin and Robert H. True.

What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Some medical professionals believe adrenal fatigue is a mild form of adrenal insufficiency. Adrenal fatigue may be caused by a poorly working adrenal gland as a result of physical, emotional, or mental stress. In the case of adrenal fatigue, the adrenal glands (which produce different hormones, including the stress hormones adrenaline and norepinephrine and the sex hormone testosterone) are unable to produce enough hormones to meet the demands of chronic stress. As a result, the body may feel fatigued or suffer from other symptoms. Some of the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Tiredness
  • Body aches
  • Skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of hair

How Does Adrenal Fatigue Cause Hair Loss?

Adrenal fatigue may cause hair loss due to problems with the production of the two hormones linked to hair loss, testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Adrenal fatigue can lead to problems with processing DHEA and testosterone, which may lead to hair loss in men and women. In other words, adrenal fatigue disrupts the hormones, leading to hormonal imbalances, which can manifest as hair loss.

Tips to Reduce Stress

Reducing stress may help some people reduce adrenal fatigue and hair loss. Some ways to help manage stress include:

  • Breathing and stretching: Taking time throughout the day to stop, breath, and stretch can help release tension and stress.
  • Exercise: Exercising is a great way to release stress and encourage hormonal balance. Doing some amount of physical activity everyday, like walking, yoga, or weight training, is optimal, but exercising as little as three times a week can also be beneficial.
  • Meditation: Spending a few minutes or longer a day meditating can help calm the body and mind, helping to reduce stress.

Treatments for Hair Loss

There are many treatment options available for those who suffer from hair loss or thinning hair, such as:

  • Follicular unit transplantation: With follicular unit transplantation (FUT), skin grafts containing hair follicles are transplanted into areas of hair loss or thinning.
  • Follicular unit extraction: With follicular unit extraction (FUE), no skin grafts are involved. Rather, follicular units are taken from the back of the head and transplanted where hair has thinned.
  • Non-surgical treatments: Non-surgical treatments are an option for those who wish to avoid surgery. Some non-surgical treatments include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and ACell laser therapy.

Contact True & Dorin Medical Group

For more information about treating hair loss, we invite you to schedule a consultation with True & Dorin Medical Group.