Taking Charge of Your Health

Hello everybody. Dr. Bryan Dzvonick
here. In this video I am going to show you the five most common types of female
hair loss and what you can do about it. Enjoy! [Androgenic Hair Loss] Just like men, women could have
androgenic hair loss which is hair loss that is associated with the male
hormones and things that have an influence on how these hormones work at
the hair follicles including insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome, and
lack of antioxidants. Most namely is lack of glutathione. You should ask your
doctor to order the following lab tests and if they are unwilling to order those
for you, you can take matters into your own hands and find labs online which
will run those tests for you. I’ve provided links down below in the
description. The most important lab test to have done is hemoglobin A1c and
you want your value to be 5.6 percent or lower. If your value is 5.7 percent or
higher then you do have insulin resistance and if your value is 6.4
percent or higher you have type-2 diabetes which is very serious and you
need to address it. The next set of lab tests are the hormone tests and these
aren’t 100% useful but it’s a good idea to have these run just to see what your
values are and if anything is way off. What the test doesn’t show you is how
the the hormones affect your receptors in your body. There’s no test for this
but we can see some signs that you have androgen excess by, of course, your hair
falling out or having dark hairs on your chin or on your mustache area. The
hormone lab tests that you should have checked are: estradiol, progesterone,
testosterone, DHEA-S, and DHT. And same issue… if your doctor won’t order these
for you, you could click the link down below for one of the online labs that
will. As mentioned earlier, one of the things which could have an influence on
how your androgen hormones work at the hair follicle site is your antioxidant
status and we’re talking about glutathione. If you have low glutathione
you can get oxidative damage, microscopic damage to the hair follicles and over
time the more times you get damage the more scar tissue forms and
eventually so much scar tissue forms that the hair follicle just doesn’t
produce hair anymore. Treatment for androgenic hair loss is heavily focused
on diet and through diet you can reduce your insulin resistance and increase
your antioxidant status.Eexercise also helps with insulin resistance. For your
diet you want to make sure you’re staying away from refined sugars and
limiting your intake of the complex carbohydrates that are found in the
grains. For more help on dietary changes I highly recommend that you make an
appointment with a naturopathic physician. The best dietary supplements
for androgenic hair loss include: Saw Palmetto, which helps block the
conversion of testosterone to DHT and all of the vitamins minerals and herbs
which help to reduce insulin resistance including vanadium, chromium, cinnamon,
gymnema, and bitter melon. I have provided links down below in the description for
all of my favorite supplement brands. Another thing you want to do is to
increase your body’s amount of glutathione and taking glutathione
orally isn’t that efficient because it degrades rapidly in your stomach. The
best way to get glutathione is intravenously but this can be quite
costly so as an alternative you can supplement your diet with the precursors
to glutathione which include N-Acetyl Cysteine, l-Glutamine, and L-glycine. [Hypothyroid Hair Loss] The other hormone that you want to get
checked out if you’re suffering from hair loss is thyroid because low thyroid
also known as hypothyroid can cause hair loss. I made a video on the best tests to
ask your doctor to order and the link is up here. If you find that you do have low
thyroid then taking a thyroid medication just might save your hair. [Medication Hair Loss] It’s always a
good idea to check the side-effects of all the medications that you’re taking
because some of these could be contributing to your hair loss. I’ve
provided a list to some of the medications which do cause hair loss
right here… If you’re on any of these medications
and you are experiencing hair loss then you might want to talk to your doctor
about switching you to another medication or treatment that doesn’t
cause hair loss. I know if you’re undergoing chemotherapy it’s hard to
find a chemotherapy drug that doesn’t cause hair loss but for most of the
other drugs on the list I just showed you, there are alternatives and if your
doctor is unwilling to work with you or you’re looking for a more natural
alternatives… Again I recommend you make an appointment with a naturopathic
physician. The most common nutrient deficiencies associated with hair loss
include zinc, vitamin A, essential fatty acids, and iron. Take a look at your nail
beds if you got those horizontal white lines on your nail beds that could be an
indication of a zinc deficiency. Also you can try the the liquid zinc challenge
where you you drink some liquid zinc and if you don’t taste it then you
have a deficiency in zinc but if you do taste it, and it’ll taste like dirt, then
you know that your zinc is okay. As far as a vitamin A deficiency, some of the
signs are dry skin and you get the bumps on the back of your arm called keratosis
pilaris. That’s an indication of vitamin A deficiency.Also if your skin
is dry, especially on your elbows a lot or your skin just doesn’t look as
healthy as it should be, you may be deficient in some of the essential
fatty acids namely the omega-3 fatty acids which in the American diet we lack
because we’re eating mostly of the Omega-6s. We don’t eat enough seafood which is
a excellent source of the omega-3s. If you suffer from fatigue as well as your
hair loss then you might want to have your iron levels checked. The iron tests
that they should be checking is your serum iron, your TIBC, which is total
iron binding capacity, and your ferritin. If you get the results back and your
ferritin is below 30 then you need to supplement with iron. I
have another video on my other channel which shows you the best iron supplement
that’s not going to cause any constipation. Just note that if your iron
is not low that taking extra iron could be toxic so be very careful with taking
iron and make sure that you’re under the care of a doctor. [Gut Damage Hair Loss] Chronic inflammation in
your gut can obstruct the flow of nutrients into your bloodstream so if
you’re suffering with chronic digestive issues you may want to have food
sensitivity testing. I have a video describing food sensitivity testing. The
links up here. You can check that one out. Also you might want to get tested for
celiac disease. The best test to ask your doctor for is the
tissue transglutaminase test [Tissue Transglutaminase] and I’ll put a link down below for that
one as well. So unfortunately I fit into this
category of hair loss. On my mom’s side of my family all the men are bald. My
grandfather started losing his hair in his early 20s. My hair started thinning
in my late 20s and it has only been recently that I discovered that I have
food sensitivities and avoiding my food sensitivities has turned out to save my
hair. The rate at which my hair is falling out now is dramatically
decreased especially since I’m no longer eating one of my major food
sensitivities which is dairy. So it’s worthwhile to get these food
sensitivities checked out If you’re losing your hair. Fr many women Society
puts a lot of pressure on you to have thick strong hair and so if your hair is
falling out it could have a huge emotional impact on you. The treatments
that I recommended in this video may take 2 or 3 months for you to see
results but if it is helpful for you it could change your
life. I hope that this information is useful for you. If you liked it, consider
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