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I have had hair thinning due to too much shedding for a number of years and never realised it had anything to do with iron. Finally i went to see a trichologist (hair/scalp specialist) as last april my iron was a 6 and my ferritin was 8. Apparently there is a new range for ferritin and it is now 35 (or there abouts) - 300. The trichologist said that now for normal hair growth without the excessive shedding you need to be 80 and above due to the new range and he wants to see my at 150.

He has put me on some very strong iron powder and it contains some other ingredients. This i take twice a day after meals, while 20 min's before those two meals i have to take a complex amino acid tablet. He is giving me 3months and then i have to get a blood test and if they find my levels have not climbed sufficiently then they will look into what could be stopping iron absorbtion by my body. There can be two reasons for this 1. gluten intolerance, 2. insufficient enzymes for digestion of food, which in turn affects stomach and liver.

One thing he did mention is that people who are anaemic for a long length of time can run the risk of damaging their thyroid. This is why blood tests for your iron/ferretin levels should always include a full test of your thyroid too, not just one of those general thyroid test most gp's get pathology to do.

He also said that it will take between 3 - 6 months to start seeing results, but that hair loss due to low iron levels is reversible. He didn't mention any other side effects of low iron apart from the thyroid issue.

I wish i had known about iron affecting hair lost years ago as my gp should have picked up on it from low levels 6 - 7 years ago, but he conveniently said all was fine, when even then i was scraping the bottom of the barrel when it came to iron/ferretin. Then i went to see a dermatologist who said there was nothing wrong with my hair. Times like this you truly realise how valuable the internet is along with healthboards like these. If you are worried about your hair loss and you know it's from low iron, then do something about it as it wont go away and the hair will keep shedding and shedding. The sooner you take action the sooner your are likely to get your hair back.

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