Anemia and Alopecia

Oct 7, 2019
It is estimated that millions of people in the United States suffer from iron deficiency anemia. The three most common causes of anemia are caused by iron, folate and B-12 deficiencies, as well as other causes. Anemia that occurs with iron deficiency is also called hypochromic microcytic anemia. Men may have anemia, however it is more common among teenagers, and women whom experience a monthly cycle. There are reported cases were young girls as young as 7, 8 and 9 years old have begun puberty. During Consultation, I have experienced these hormonal changes in 7, 8 and 9 year old girls affecting the hair growth cycle. Parents need to know that generations have changed, where children are developing much earlier. There are men who suffer from anemia. Take your health serious.

How is anemia measured? Anemia is measured in a blood test. This test measures red blood cells, with the normal reference range being approximately 11.5-15.5, depending on the testing laboratory. Another iron test is serum ferritin. The average reference ranges of ferritin are 15-170, depending on the testing laboratory.

Some of the symptoms of anemia include:
Cravings to chew or eat Ice Telogen Effluvium
Cravings to eat red dirt Hair thinning
Dry hair Poor scalp circulation Many more symptoms.

How do you cure anemia? Have your blood work checked and monitored by your medical doctor. Often times you will be required to take iron supplements or given a B-12 shot if you are extremely lower than average range. Iron is easily digested by your body, however many women complain about a constipation side effect. Diet combined with iron supplements will help to resolve anemia. A healthy body promotes healthy hair and scalp.

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