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Ive l ost 30 lbs in the last month .I am not ill and cant

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ive l ost 30 lbs in the last month .I am not ill and cant understand why./alsi my hair is thining out. my son said he thinks its a lach of protein ,any help or answer /thank you
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Endocrinology
Expert:  Dr Josh replied 5 months ago.

Hello,

Myself Dr Josh- and I’m happy to help with your question today.

Please provide me the following information so that I can address your concern-

Did unexplained weight loss and hair fall started all together?

Do you have any other symptoms?

Are you on any medications?

Any other health or medical problems ?

Any tests done so far ?

Waiting for your reply…

Thanks

Expert:  Dr Josh replied 5 months ago.

Dear,

Thanks for staying online. I am posting my answer.

Having sudden unexplained weight loss ( 30 lbs in one month) with hair loss could occur with-

Hyperthyroidism( Overactive thyroid).

It becomes important to evaluate cause for hair loss.

In men with androgenetic alopecia, hormones related to testosterone cause hair follicles to have a shorter-than-normal growth phase, resulting in hair shafts that are abnormally short and thin.

Other common causes for hair loss are-

-Endocrine problems (especially those that produce excess androgens)
-Telogen Effluvium - occurs due to due to extreme stress

You need to undergo few tests for diagnosis.
-CBC (complete blood count) - for Anemia
-Serum iron (and TIBC) - for Anemia
-T3, T4, TSH - for Thyroid disease.
-Hormone levels (DHEAs, testosterone).

You can be prescribed with Rogaine, FDA approved it as a treatment for hair loss. It works by revitalizing shrunken hair follicles, thus increasing their size.
If you have been diagnosed with Overactive thyroid, then you would be prescribed with- propylthiouracil and methimazole (Tapazole).

Symptoms usually begin to improve in six to 12 weeks, but treatment with anti-thyroid medications usually continues at least a year and often longer.

Please see your Primary doctor for clinical evaluation.

They would advise blood tests for precise diagnosis. You would be advised management accordingly after tests.

Please start with your primary doctor and get this issue managed.

Hope this helped.

If there is anything else that you would like to know.I am happy to address your follow-up questions. Please use the REPLY BUTTON to reply back to me

Thank you.

Kind Regards

Dr.Josh