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Could your hair loss be due to any of these 5 diseases?

Underlying conditions like diabetes, PCOS, etc. also lead to hair problems.

hair lossDid you know that dry, limp, thinning and loss of hair are not just restricted to scalp related problems? They could be a result of underlying disease or condition! In order to get back your lustrous locks, you first need to get to the real problem and treat it. Apart from poor lifestyle choices, stress, and unbalanced diet, other reasons which may be causing hair loss and thinning are:

Hypothyroidism: If you once had thick and lustrous hair that turned fine and limp, check how you've been treating your hair. Swimming in chlorinated water and using hair colour are some of the causes of hair shine loss. But limp, dry hair may also be a sign of hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid, in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones causing your metabolism to slow down.

Psoriasis: Dandruff is a common problem that can be easily treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo. But if your dandruff is starting to turn into thick, scaly patches, it could be a sign that you have psoriasis. It is a long-term skin problem that causes skin cells to grow rapidly that leads to thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin. (Read: Psoriasis - tips to take care of it at home)

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PCOS: The average person loses about 100 strands of hair a day and it is considered to be normal as the hair volume is unaffected. But if your hair starts to feel markedly thinner, it may be a sign of a hormonal imbalance caused due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). In this condition, male hormones or androgen are secreted in excess and they form small fluid-like sacs in the ovaries which are known as cysts. (Read: Home remedies for hair loss that actually work)

Diabetes: Diabetes negatively affects the body's circulatory system. This means that less amount of nutrients and oxygen reach the upper and the lower extremities of the body i.e. the feet and the scalp areas. If diabetes is causing poor blood circulation to the scalp, the hair follicles will die resulting in hair loss. Furthermore, this poor circulation may prevent further hair growth. So not only is diabetes causing the loss of your existing hair, it is also preventing the growth of new ones. (Read: Diabetes can also cause hair loss)

Protein deficiency: Another sign of a more serious problem could be dry and brittle hair that breaks easily. Your hair is made up of a protein called keratin, and if you're not getting enough protein in your diet, it could weaken your hair. This could also be another sign of a thyroid issue, so be sure to check with your doctor if this is the case.

With inputs from IANS/Huffingtonpost.com

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