No diffuse alopecia (thinning of the hair) should ever be ignored. It can be an early manifestation of several underlying conditions. It is important to realize that an imbalance in iron does not necessarily mean you have anemia, a serious condition where the ability of the blood to carry oxygen around the body is reduced.
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All it means is that the body is not getting enough iron in the diet and is therefore taking it from somewhere else. Another point to remember is that this type of hair loss, caused by deficiency, is also easily treated.
A lot of dermatologists may not agree to the fact that iron deficiency could be a major cause of hair loss, however, most of them do not deny that it is an important contributing factor. Besides, a lot of hair loss treatments may not work efficiently if the cause is low iron stores.
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