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Health Tip: Hair Loss in Women

How not to make it worse

(HealthDay News) -- More than 20 million American women experience some kind of hair loss as they age. This problem, which is rarely talked about, usually occurs after menopause.

Seventy-five percent of hair loss cases are due to hereditary factors, but there are other causes, such as malnutrition, traumatic stress, hormone imbalances, autoimmune and thyroid disorders, post-pregnancy changes, or chemotherapy.

Hair loss may respond to simple changes in health habits, says the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. These include eating a balanced diet, getting enough rest, and managing stress. Healthy hair requires minerals and vitamins. Eat plenty of whole grains, beans, fish, chicken, dark leafy vegetables, and fruits.

Proper hair care can also help women improve their appearance after hair loss. Keep hair short and conceal thin spots with a layered cut. Use a natural bristle brush. And avoid using chemical treatments on hair like dyes, tints, bleaches, straighteners, and permanent waves.

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