Hair Loss and Kidney Health By Robert True on February 06, 2014

Hair Loss and Kidney HealthWhile genetics are one of the major causes of balding and baldness, there are many other different causes of hair loss to consider. Many of these are related to environmental factors, physical stress or strain on the hair and/or hair follicles, and even systemic conditions. When you speak with the specialists at our hair loss clinic, you will be able to receive detailed information about various kinds of hair loss.

Right now, we want to focus on hair loss that is related to the health and wellness of the kidneys. You may be surprised just how important kidney conditions are to the fullness and health of your hair.

Can kidney disease and disorders lead to hair loss?

Yes. Various problems with the kidneys can lead to hair loss. This includes kidney failure, unhealthy kidneys, and so on. Many times patients will notice that their hair becomes dry or brittle before it falls out.

Why is this the case?

There is some debate and discussion about this particular issue. Since hair is primarily comprised of protein, there are some kidney specialists who believe that this kind of hair loss and associated problems with hair quality are related to the reduced amount of protein in the body. Kidney diseases tend to cause protein in the body to be lost in the person's urine rather than retained in the system, which causes deficiency in the hair.

Kidney disease and poor kidney health aren't the only causes of hair loss, however.

Dialysis and Hair Loss

Many times people will notice hair loss occurring as they begin dialysis. Most kidney specialists suggest that patients reduce their protein in-take in order to not overwork their remaining kidney function.

Kidney Transplants and Hair Loss

Kidney transplants can cause major changes in a person's system as they become accustomed to the new organ. As a result, hair loss will occur as a side effect of the procedure.

Will my hair grow back?

Yes, your hair will grow back once your kidneys are healthy again. The exact timeframe for hair regrowth can vary from patient to patient.

Discuss These Matters with Your Physician

Hair loss associated with kidney health can be a cause of concern and self-consciousness. Because of this, it's important that you discuss these matters with your physician or your kidney specialist. He or she can make recommendations to assist you with these matters. Your physician or kidney specialist can also provide you with some basic information about the nature of the hair loss and when you can expect hair regrowth.

Considering Surgical Hair Restoration for Other Matters

While hair loss related to kidney health is generally best addressed through diet and general wellness, hair loss related to trauma or male pattern baldness is another matter. For these issues, there are many hair transplantation and restoration options to consider that can give you a great hairline. We can discuss all of these matters with you in greater detail during your visit.

Learn More About Hair Loss Treatment Options

If you would like more information about all of your treatment options for hair thinning and balding, be sure to contact our hair loss clinics in New York City, Boston, Long Island, and New Jersey today. Our hair restoration specialists will go over all of your options for surgical and non-surgical treatment for baldness so that you can make the most informed decisions about your needs.

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