With high cortisol, he may be suffering from a condition called Cushin's disease. Cushing's disease is due to excess amounts of a hormone in the body, called Cortisol. Hormones stimulate different organs of the body in different ways, and when cortisol is in excess, it can cause obesity, fatigue, fragile skin, weak bones, etc.
Cortisol is secreted by a gland called the adrenal gland, which lies on top of the kidneys. The adrenal gland releases cortisol only when it receives a chemical from the pituitary gland, called the ACTH. When there is a pituitary tumour, excess amounts of ACTH are released by the pituitary, and this causes release of excess amounts of cortisol, and this in turn causes Cushing's disease signs and symptoms.
You should approach your doctor, preferably an endocrinologist who specializes in hormones, and ask for investigations to rule this out.
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Causes of hair loss are:
Age related baldness: this may be male pattern (loss of hair starting from the center or from the temporal regions) or female pattern (thinning of hair throughout the scalp).
Disease: the three most common diseases that cause this are diabetes, thyroid disorders and Lupus.
Nutrition; poor diets not rich enough in protein or iron.
Medications: drugs used for gout, depression, blood thinners, anti-hypertensives, birth control pills, chemotherapy.
High fever or other illness: hair may thin out after about three months of a severe illness due to stress.
Hormonal changes: this can occur after pregnancy or with the use of birth control pills. Can also be related to menopause.
You need to do investigations like blood sugar and thyroid levels . If other causes are eliminated, then it is likely that you are having female pattern baldness.
The treatments that you can do is:
Iron supplements: you should take an iron supplement available OTC at pharmacies.
High proten diet
Minoxidil (Rogaine) : apply twice daily to the scalp. This is available OTC.
Finasteride (Propecia) : available on prescription for male pattern baldness.
In addition to investigations to rule out cushing's disease, yo can ask your doctor for a prescription for Finasteride which will work for him.
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