You may be experiencing hair loss, thinning of your eyebrows or growth of facial hair. These are some of the common symptoms of menopause. But what causes this? How can I avoid these problems? Continue reading, and we tell you.
Hair loss in menopause
Hair thinning is medically known as androgenic alopecia and occurs in about half of women over 50 years old. However, it can start at any time after puberty.
Several studies have shown that the emotional and psychological effects of hair loss are more severe in women than in men, leading to low self-esteem, anxiety and poor job performance.
While it is true that in menopause women experience a decrease in estrogen, research has shown that there may be more than one hormone involved in hair loss. The loss of progesterone and alterations in thyroid hormones during menopause also seem to be partly to blame.
Other causes of hair loss are stress levels, nutrient deficiency or disease. If your hair loss is sudden, it is recommended to perform a blood test to rule out excessive levels of androgens, a hormone that stimulates male sexual characteristics. Thyroid tests, glycemia and a rheumatoid evaluation are also recommended every year.
Treatment for hair loss in menopause
If you are concerned about hair loss or the growth of unwanted facial hair, it is essential that you visit your doctor for an examination. Analyze how your diet is, levels of stress, sleep, and exercise. All these are an integral part of a healthy style. Women after 50 years should choose to consume a multivitamin supplement, since the ability to absorb specific nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, iron, decrease.
Your doctor may recommend some medications such as estrogen, minoxidil (Rogaine), steroids or metformin, commonly used for type 2 diabetes. If your thyroid levels are altered, your doctor may prescribe thyroid hormones.
Green tea and white tea are rich in antioxidants that can protect your body from exposure to free radicals.
If you have had a weight loss, this may affect hair loss. Try to maintain a healthy weight and avoid extreme dieting. Doing 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Stress is the nightmare of the modern life. However, it is one of the most common risk factors for chronic diseases.So make a balance in your life and if you go very stressed look for ways to relax such as yoga, Pilates, exercise, go for a walk with the dog, read a book, among others. Remember to get enough sleep, at least 7 hours a day.