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October 10, 2011, 03:14 AM

Currently seriously looking into iron deficiency.  It can be a major cause of diffuse hair loss with or without anaemia. In other words you can be almost symptom less for a long time.

- Symptoms commonly overlap with Hypothyroid symptoms such as fatigue, intolerance to cold, brittle nails, dry skin, foggy thinking,shortness of breath etc. You can one or more of these.

- the story that it’s really just a condition that affects women is a myth. 

- both circulating iron levels and iron stores (ferritin) need to be optimal.

- it is possible to have normal or mid range ferritin levels and still be iron deficient. The presence of general inflammation and infection falsely raise ferritin levels.  Especially common in people with thyroid issues.

- only small percentages of iron in common food sources are properly absorbed. Many iron supplements are also poorly absorbed, making the choice of supplement important.


http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/news/20060516/hair-loss-may-be-iron-deficiency


Fighting the dreaded DHT and maintaining scalp health are all important but get your iron checked too.

 

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October 10, 2011, 08:32 PM

jads,

It is probably more common to have iron overload as a guy and that can lead to hair loss as well.  You better know for sure before self treating or you might make your hair loss worse.  Have you got iron levels checked out by doctor?

 

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October 11, 2011, 02:27 AM

Lapwing,

unless I am genetically predisposed to iron toxicity, which I don’t believe I am, the chances of me or anyone overdosing on iron supplements imho is negligible. You would need to be taking some seriously large amounts for a number of months to build up tissue iron stores to toxic levels, as well as having the gene that allows this to transpire.

The point is, in this day and age, most of us are more likely deficient in one nutrient or another, not overdosing on multivitamins. 

Having said that, my lab tests and a hair analysis from a while ago did reveal borderline-low iron levels though not really picked up at the time. Coupled with the fact that I am semi vegetarian these days, the indicators are there. 

New tests will obviously reveal more.

Vitamin D and iron are two very common and often undiagnosed deficiencies.

 

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October 11, 2011, 04:34 AM

No need for people to test or get all hyped up. Its in the water, its in the meat, and its in the greens. This is all part of having a Balanced diet. 3oz of beef has ~185% of the iron needed each day. And that other 85% is stored and accumulates with the iron from the beef the day before, and the day after.

 

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October 11, 2011, 01:35 PM

Iron is not a problem in men. However, there can be a problem with the transport of oxygen, and that can be related to a vitamin D deficiency. If one looks pale, this is a way to tell if that is a problem.

As previously mentioned, too much iron, is much more of a concern.

More info on iron here:

http://healthyfixx.com/28/donate-blood-for-your-health


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