By the age of fifty, 85% of men have significantly thinning hair according to the American Hair Loss Association. Hair loss is pretty normal. If you’re losing anywhere between 5-100 hairs per day that’s normal as per the American Academy of Dermatology. A vigorous hair-wash might take out up to 250 strands.
Physicians perform what is called the pull test to identify abnormal hair loss. About 60 stands are pulled by the physician. If the hair loss is less than 6 strands it’s considered a negative test for alopecia. A test is deemed positive if more than 6 strands come loose. This is not a definitive test.
There are many causes of hair loss. If you’re battling the loss of your precious mane, see if any of the following conditions are responsible.
Alopecia or balding is a familial trait. If you carry the genes for alopecia you may not be able to halt hair loss. In women, androgenic alopecia is hereditary. If the women in your family have experienced it at a certain age, you may have acquired it too. Most women who do suffer from this condition, do not go bald; their hair thins, and the parting widens. About 21 million women have some form of alopecia in the US.
Protein Poor Diet
Diets poor in protein can lead to hair loss.
Proteins form an important part of our diet. They are necessary for growth as the body is constantly turning over cells. Hair growth also requires protein. In fact, your hair strands are made up of a strong protein called keratin. If your hair is falling out it could be because your diet is inadequate in proteins.
Eggs, chicken, fish, and nuts are a good source of protein. The daily required intake of protein is about 0.8 grams/kg of body weight. This translates to 56 gm/day for an average male and 46 gm/day for an average woman. These are for sedentary individuals. People with strenuous job and workouts require more.