About half of women experience hair thinning by age 50, but it can strike at any point in life. While some resort to hormone therapy—which is linked to serious health risks not worth boosting the volume of your locks—and others turn to a topical scalp treatment minoxidil (also known as Rogaine), there's been no proven strategy to completely combat thinning hair. However, in identifying some of its causes, you can make lifestyle changes to avoid hair loss.
The New York Times's wellness blog recently investigated this very question: What can women do about thinning hair? The causes the paper identified—beyond certain medical conditions like thyroid problems or iron deficiency anemia, which can lead to dramatic loss of hair—were ubiquitous aspects of common lifestyles: antibiotics, birth control pills, and crash diets.
Prescription drugs are notorious for having long lists of undesirable side effects, so speak with your doctor about possible consequences before you ever begin anything new. And if you notice sudden thinning of hair, make an appointment right away to identify if there might be a correlation. It should go without saying that crash diets are not healthy, but we don't often think of the consequences they might have on our hair. Take care of yourself from the inside out, and seek a consistent diet made of healthy portion sizes and nutrient-rich, varied foods.
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