Understand why stress causes hair loss

Understand why stress causes hair loss
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Understand why stress causes hair loss

Noticing hair falling out due to stress or thinning threads after a traumatic situation is common and while it seems simple to reverse just by trying to reduce stress, it requires specific care. The diagnosis goes beyond the recognition of the external cause of the problem, the management must also be internal, because stress is linked to hormonal secretion, more precisely to cortisol.

Next, the doctor and trichologist Dr. Ademir Leite Junior, explains the relationship between stress and hair loss. Check!

Stressful times release more hormones

In
moments of nervousness

, excessive tension or a feeling of danger, the hormone cortisol is released in greater quantities, which can be responsible for several signs and symptoms related to problems which, if poorly explored or combated in isolation, last much longer long time. As a result, it causes even more stress, that is, a wrong diagnosis brings more suffering to the patient.

“Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is part of the group of hormones known as steroids and like all steroids their raw material is cholesterol. It is therefore a lipid hormone. However, it is produced throughout the day, with peaks in production and secretion in the blood around 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” explains Dr. Adémir.

High levels of cortisol cause hair loss

With the greatest amount of hormones released, hair loss occurs.
caused by stress.

Doctor. Ademir Leite Junior draws on recent studies to better explain this: “Research shows that hair follicles/hair follicles respond to cortisol by reducing their rate of cell proliferation at the hair root, i.e. that the hair grows less and may even stop. increasing under the action of cortisol. More than that, the follicles themselves seem to produce cortisol, a role they play for self-regulation. In these cases, hair root cells may decrease their activities or stop functioning by their own control due to cortisol.”

Problems caused by excess cortisol

In addition to hair, the range of possible problems from excess cortisol for a long time is concerning. Between them:

  • Decreased testosterone;
  • Loss of muscle mass;
  • Decreased sexual appetite;
  • Weight gain;
  • Increased risks of osteoporosis;
  • Risks for Cushing’s Syndrome.

Why is an assessment important?

According to the trichologist, “evaluation of the cortisol level in the
hair consultation

is still important and illuminating, not only for diagnosing mild cases of elevation of this hormone which can cause hair loss, but also for identifying more important issues from the perspective of the health of the individual as a whole” .

Benefits of Cortisol at Normal Levels

Cortisol at normal levels has its benefits such as regulating blood pressure, blood sugar, and mood. It works in the management of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the body and strengthens the heart muscle, which explains the importance of this hormone when it comes to energy and disposition.

Also, as far as the hair is concerned, so that they continue in full production and firm up in
scalp

cortisol must fulfill its role well so that this functioning contributes to digestion, the menstrual cycle, weight balance, among other points related to metabolism.

Habits to control the production of
cortisol

Keeping hormone levels in balance is ideal. There are cases where more prolonged approaches and treatments with a multidisciplinary team are necessary. But regardless, it’s worth mentioning that the healthy diet and exercise combo also applies to cortisol control. With an extension of the benefits that reaches the cerebral neurotransmitters, which are super welcome, the trio: serotonin, dopamine and endorphin already sees its production encouraged with the daily practice of physical activities.



Dr. Ademir C. Leite Jr.

Doctor and trichologist. He is certified as a trichologist by the International Association of Trichologists (IAT). He is a member and administrator of the IAT. He is scientific director of CAECI Educacional, consultant for the development of cosmetics and nutritional supplements, as well as a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the PUC-SP.

By Denise Bispo

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