Eating Healthy Won't Help Hair Loss for Most People
By Jim Greene
Published on December 21, 2009
The poor eating habits that have developed in our society in recent decades have been blamed for a host of health issues, but they can't often be blamed for permanent hair loss. For most people, that comes from genetic inheritance.
A quick search of the Internet will turn up several Web sites that seem, at first glance, to have vital information about how an improved diet will help stop hair loss. Upon closer examination, most tout the benefits to general health of certain foods, but the discussion of hair loss seems to fizzle out halfway down the page.
Medical Science Confirms Most Hair Loss is Genetic
Browsing more serious sites, such as those of the Mayo Clinic and the University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California, turns up what most people already know, but wish weren't true. It's in the genes.
It is true that an extremely poor diet or sudden drastic dietary changes can cause hair loss. For most people, that can usually be solved by improving or stabilizing the diet.
What most people dread is pattern baldness, which affects both men and women. It is an inherited trait caused by a change over time in the follicles that produce hair. At some point, they start to produce progressively finer, shorter hair. Eventually, they stop producing or what's produced is nearly invisible.
Doctors Offer Best Hope against Hair Loss
If you're suffering from hair loss, your best course is to consult a qualified physician. If testing shows that your loss is temporary, your doctor can suggest treatment that may correct it. If you have the beginnings of pattern baldness, your doctor can suggest topical or oral treatments that may slow your hair loss.
When you're ready for a cosmetic response to hair loss, it's time to consult an experienced hair transplant surgeon. Advances in the last several years have greatly improved the outcome of hair transplantation, resulting in a natural look that will boost your self-confidence and make you feel years younger.