Over the years, scores of women have come to me with a problem they find extremely embarrassing. They’re losing their hair. Most are panicked to have this “man’s problem.” I understand. It’s not easy to lose your crowning glory. It can be emotionally and psychologically devastating. What’s worse, many of them have been frightened by […]
My patient S.W. wanted me to look at her cholesterol results.
Her doctor told her they were concerning.
But I ended up finding something that was much more concerning to me, and to her.
In examining her, I parted her hair to look at her scalp. I saw a problem I see much more often than I used to. She had very thin, sparse hair with a bald scalp that would remind you of an elder male.
Why do some people start seeing gray hairs in high school while others have a bright head of hair well into their golden years?
The answer is a mix of genetics, age and overall health — with a few other factors thrown in.
Here’s what could be causing those silver strands to crop up…