7. Dwindling hair lines
Dwindling hair lines and hair loss can be attributed to many things such as aging or unhealthy hair care. This is not so especially if you are losing lots of hair at an alarming rate. Extreme cases of low levels of iron will lead to anemia and because of this, low levels of oxygen to the hair follicles will be experienced as they will go into a resting stage forcing the hair to fall out and they will not grow back unless the anemia has been dealt with.
When the iron deficiency in the body progresses into full-blown iron deficiency anemia, it can cause hair loss. The body usually goes into survival mode since there is less oxygen transported by hemoglobin to all the body parts. Hemoglobin transports oxygen that is required for the growth and repair of body cells, including the cells that make up the hair follicles. The body channels the available oxygen to support essential functions other than non-vital ones like keeping the hair intact.
Temporary hair loss, such as hair loss due to iron deficiency, is known as telogen effluvium. This is an abnormality that causes the hair that would normally be in the growing phase to be prematurely pushed to the resting phase of the hair growth cycle. This leads to the affected hairs falling out. This is usually temporary if the underlying cause is promptly addressed. Hair growth is usually one of the body processes to be affected by iron deficiency since hair is a non-essential body part.
Hair loss can be due to other problems, and it is considered normal to lose up to 100 strands of hair per day. However, if the hair loss is excessive and the hair is not growing back, it may be a sign of iron deficiency. If you are experiencing serious hair loss, it would be advisable to consult your doctor for iron supplements or for help on how to eat a more iron-rich diet.