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Half of older women have hair loss, study finds While thinning hair in older men has been “normalized,” few women are prepared for it, experts say.

29.08.2023 in FEMALE HAIR LOSS, Latest Medical News

Menopause isn’t just about hot flashes and night sweats. More than half of women over age 50 will experience thinning hair, a new study showed. The result can be a blow to their self-esteem.

Thai researchers, scrutinizing the scalps of nearly 200 postmenopausal women, found that 52.2 percent had some hair thinning, a condition called female pattern hair loss, according to a report published Wednesday in Menopause. Low self-esteem was found in 60 percent of participants and increased with severity of hair loss.

Researchers, led by Dr. Sukanya Chaikittisilpa of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, recruited 178 women who were already being seen at a menopause clinic. They measured the women’s hormone levels, as well as the density of hair in the middle of the scalp, where female pattern hair loss generally begins.

The researchers, who couldn’t be reached for comment, found that among those with hair loss, 73.2 percent had mild hair loss, 22.6 percent had moderate loss and 4.3 percent had severe loss. In addition to age, a higher body mass index was associated with an increased prevalence and worsening of the condition.

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While it’s unclear exactly why menopausal women’s hair starts to thin, the new research suggested declining estrogen levels.

“Estrogen receptors are present in the hair follicles, which hints at its association with the withdrawal of estrogen at menopause that may affect hair growth,” the researchers wrote. Other hormonal changes may affect scalp hair and accelerate the change from the growth phase to the resting phase of hair growth.

While thinning hair in an aging man has been “normalized,” few women are prepared for it, said Dr. Mary Rosser, director of integrated women’s health at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York. Mothers rarely, if ever, talk to their daughters about menopause symptoms, so, for many, menopause-related hair thinning can be a shock, said Rosser, who sends her patients with hair loss to a dermatologist.

Hair loss in women may be traced to a number of factors, of which menopause may be one, said Dr. Emma Guttman,  director of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman department of Dermatology for Mount Sinai Health System.

“There are many causes of hair loss — such as autoimmune conditions and issues with the immune system,” Guttman said. “But the hopeful thing is, there are treatments for some of them.”

Hair loss in women can occur if certain nutrients are too low, such as iron, folic acid and vitamin B, Guttman said. Also, thyroid problems can lead to thinning hair.

Even if women can’t grow back the hair they’ve already lost, there are effective ways to maintain what’s left, such as injections of vitamin B complex, biotin supplements and platelet-rich plasma injections, Guttman said.

“Hair loss is a big interest of mine because, as a woman, I feel that hair is so important for identity,” Guttman said, adding that it’s important to check with a medical doctor before trying any treatments.

Some women are able to see improvements in hair density by using minoxidil, although improvements can disappear if the hair-growth product is discontinued, Guttman said. Minoxidil is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for female pattern hair loss.

CORRECTION (Feb. 22, 2022, 4:09 p.m. ET):  A previous version of this article misstated Dr. Emma Guttman’s title. She is the director of the Kimberly and Eric J. Waldman department of Dermatology for Mount Sinai Health System, not the chair of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Health System.

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Hair loss identified as long-term symptom of COVID-19 – with women most at risk.

01.01.2022 in Latest Medical News

COVID-19: Hair loss identified as long-term symptom of coronavirus – with women most at risk, study says

The study also found that fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and joint pain were “primary long-term symptoms” of the virus.

Nearly a quarter of COVID-19 patients suffer from hair loss within six months of infection, with women at greater risk, according to a new study.

Researchers studied several long-term symptoms in Wuhan, China, where the virus first emerged in late 2019, and found that 359 out of 1,655 hospital patients suffered from the condition.

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The study, published in the medical journal The Lancet, also found that fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness and joint pain were “primary long-term symptoms” of coronavirus.

The authors of the paper said the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 remain “largely unclear”.

The study involved patients who had been discharged from Jin Yin-tan Hospital between 7 January and 29 May 2020 after being treated for COVID.

Researchers followed up with them six months later, when patients were interviewed with questionnaires for evaluation of symptoms, physically examined along with a six-minute walking test, and given blood tests.

The findings revealed that 63% of the patients experienced fatigue or muscle weakness, 26% suffered with sleeping problems, 23% had anxiety or depression, and 22% suffered from hair loss.

It also found that 76% of patients reported at least one symptom six months after the first symptom onset, with the proportion higher in women.

Patients who were severely ill from the virus were more likely to suffer from the likes of muscle weakness and depression.

The authors said: “We found that at six months after symptom onset, most patients endorsed at least one symptom, particularly fatigue or muscle weakness, sleep difficulties, and anxiety or depression.

“More severely ill patients had increased risk of pulmonary diffusion abnormality, fatigue or muscle weakness, and anxiety or depression.”

In a three-month follow-up survey of 538 COVID-19 patients, the researchers found that “physical decline or fatigue, post-activity polypnea (rapid breathing or panting), and alopecia were more common in women than in men”.

The study also looked at long-term extrapulmonary organ manifestations and death during follow-up, with some patients newly diagnosed with diabetes and venous thromboembolic diseases – which is when a blood clot forms.

The authors added that being a woman and severity of illness from the virus were also risk factors for “persistent psychological problems”, such as stress and anxiety.

The NHS lists fatigue, shortness of breath and dizziness among some of its long-term symptoms of COVID-19, but hair loss is not included in its list.

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