Hair loss in women may be caused by a number of problems, including thyroid disease. Thyroid problems can also cause hair loss in men. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the metabolism, among other functions. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can both cause hair loss. Hyperthyroidism refers to the overproduction of thyroid hormone, which can cause the hair to become very fine. It also results in thinning hair all over the scalp. You can hear more about hyperthyroidism and its role in causing hair loss when you watch this video.
This family physician also explains some of the other possible symptoms of thyroid problems to watch out for, such as weight changes. Hyperthyroidism isn’t the only hormonal cause of balding, however. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland produces too little thyroid hormone. It can result in hair loss on the scalp and all over the body.