Are you suffering from hair loss? It is normal for people to lose about 50-100 hairs a day according to the hair’s life cycle. However, if you notice you’re losing more hair than normal or your hair isn’t growing back in certain areas, your thyroid could be to blame.

Thyroid Issue Could Cause Hair Loss

Poor thyroid balance could cause your hair to thin. Dr. Laura Delleurelle from Complete Care Health Centers says that “most people are deficient in selenium and zinc which our bodies need to convert our inactive thyroid hormone T4 into the active thyroid hormone T3.” Missing these hormones affects many things in your body. Healthline adds “when hormone production is disrupted, specifically of hormones T3 and T4, it affects… the development of hair at the root.” When your hair falls out, the lack of T3 or T4 hormones may prevent new hair growth, which can result in thinning hair or bald areas across the scalp.

Of course, proper thyroid balance is required for every body system to run properly. Dr. Klein, who is one of Complete Care Health Centers’ thyroid specialists states that “low thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is extremely common but frequently under-diagnosed by conventional doctors. The most common symptoms are fatigue, especially in the mid- to late afternoon and evening, frequently feeling cold, weight gain or inability to lose weight, increased hair loss, and brittle hair and nails.” Consider getting your thyroid tested by a physician if you suffering from hair loss and have some of other symptoms listed above.

Testing Options

However, tests from conventional doctors may not show accurate results. Dr. Klein also says “for 45 years, doctors have been taught to rely solely on a blood test for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) for diagnosis but this misses many patients with hypothyroidism thyroid.” At Complete Care Health Centers, we use a combination of tests including what are known as free T3 and free T4 in addition to the TSH, and sometimes another test called reverse T3.

Although there are many tests that can be performed, there’s always a chance that the tests can’t pick up on the issue. Dr. Klein believes that “it is the person’s symptoms that clue me into whether they have low thyroid or not and I will treat on that basis. Each person needs to be treated individually based on their response.”

If you notice that you’re losing hair, it could be because your thyroid is out of balance. See your physician to get tested, explain your symptoms and finally get some answers.