Amidst the busy, hectic lifestyles that most of us lead today, it is difficult to pinpoint the actual cause of hair fall. Let’s admit it! While losing a maximum of 80 to 100 strands per day is normal and a usual part of the hair growth cycle, anything more than that does put us in a state of panic.
Just like any other biological process, even hair growth is a cycle which goes through three stages: anagen, catagen and telogen. During the anagen phase, the papilla in the hair follicle multiplies and the hair shaft is formed and grows into a strand. Then comes catagen which is a transformation stage where the hair follicles rest. And lastly, in the telogen phase, the strand is pushed out of the epidermis which causes hair to fall.
And, you’ll be surprised to know that hypertension, stress and high blood pressure are some of the main causes of hair fall.
How does hypertension cause hair fall?
Wait… before you start panicking, let us tell you that it is not hypertension or high blood pressure that cause hair fall. It is actually the medication and treatment that is the culprit. Anti-hypertensive drugs tamper with the normal hair growth cycle. If you’re on medication for about two to four months, you will notice chronic hair fall or hair loss. The hair follicles tend to go into the resting phase and fall out too early.
What is the solution?
If the chronic hair fall is giving you stress, then you can ask your physician to either change or terminate your anti-hypertensive drugs, depending on the grade of hypertension.
And, if your physician does not change or terminate your drugs, then it’s better to live with fewer strands than die with a heart-attack without any medication.
Lastly, following a healthy diet can save you from medication, and thus, hair fall. You can fight hypertension or at least bring it under control with a diet rich in nutrients, fibre and potassium.