When we think of hair and aging, one of the first things to think of is a change in color. The aging process is commonly associated with graying or white hair and a person’s genes can even bring about thinning hair or baldness. While these changes are expect, did you know that your hair could be indicating other things about your health? In this blog post, Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County is going to look into what your hair is really trying to say!
A change in hair texture is a clue that the thyroid may be underactive. An underactive thyroid is most common in women – with the chance of being diagnosed with thyroid disease increasing to 20 percent in both men and women over the age of 65. While an underactive thyroid can be responsible for changing the texture of one’s hair, it can also be the cause of high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol. If you or an aging parent or loved one notices a significant change in hair texture that leaves hair feeling finer, with less body, it might be time to schedule an appointment with the doctor. Look out for other clues of hypothyroidism which can include but are not limited to fatigue, weight gain and constantly feeling cold.
Stress, an infection or high fever can cause hair to thin or fall out, but it can also be a warning sign of diabetes. The silent symptoms of diabetes such as high blood sugar and poor circulation limit the nutrients that reach the scalp which often times trigger hair loss. Because seniors often experience a drop in activity and thus a gain in weight, seniors are about 20 percent more likely to develop diabetes than their younger counterparts.
Dry & Brittle Hair
Diet is important for a healthy life and for seniors this is no exception. When mature hair is dry and brittle, it can be a sign you are not consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids to maintain strength and luster. Iron, vitamin E and trace minerals also help produce the protein that fortifies hair. Some people take supplements, but experts say eating a well, balanced diet should provide all the nutrients needed to benefit hair and overall health.
Aging hair can offer clues about a person’s health. By being alert to any changes, you may be able to catch upcoming health issues before they develop. For more information about senior health, nutrition and wellness, don’t hesitate to contact Home Care Assistance at 561-429-8292. We are the Palm Beach County live-in care specialists, offering flexible home care plans, helping seniors age in place in the comfort of home. Call a Care Manager today to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.