The most common symptoms of liver disease are upper abdominal pains, jaundice and the ability to bruise easier. But because the liver plays a very important role in nearly all our other bodily functions, this disease can have an effect on other parts of the body.
Can liver disease cause hair loss?
Hair loss is not a common symptom of liver disease. But because the liver processes androgen hormones and fat a poor functioning liver may also affect your hair follicles. What is interesting is hair loss in people with liver cirrhosis is fairly common.
Cirrhosis generally develops over months or even years by replacing the livers healthy tissue with hard scar tissue. This left untreated can cause liver failure. If cirrhosis is the cause of hair loss you would usually have other symptoms such as:
- Swelling in your legs, ankles or stomach
- Jaundice (eyes and skin are a yellow colour)
- Itchy skin
- Tenderness and swelling in the liver area
- Tiredness and a feeling of weakness in the body
It’s more difficult to reverse liver damage once you have cirrhosis but it is also as difficult to diagnose acute liver damage as there are, in most cases, no symptoms.
What can help hair loss associated with liver disease?
Whether the two are indeed associated is a debatable subject. My thoughts are that an excess of sebum may be the answer. If the liver is under functioning it will release insufficient enzymes such as co-enzyme A. This in turn would cause more fats to be released as sebum through the pores of the scalp.
You may not know that sebum is required to prevent hair follicles from becoming dry and brittle. But like most things too much can interrupt the normal growth cycle of your hair and cause dandruff which is a common culprit of hair loss.
What can I do to prevent hair loss from getting worse?
Try a natural hair growth stimulant like Foligen. This is a formula made with natural ingredients that helps to aid the natural process of hair growth.
This should be a no brainer. It will be beneficial for not just your liver but many of the other organs in your body.
Many liver disease patients use a specific diet to reverse fatty liver disease, with a great deal of success. This specific “eating plan” reverses any damage to the liver and in turn the whole-body benefits.
You have heard of the expression “you are what you eat”, well it’s true.
It’s well documented that stress is an associated cause of hair loss. It affects how we feel, what we eat and more importantly how the body reacts to the food we eat.
Whether hair loss and liver disease are linked in some way can be argued.
As our internal organs are all dependent on each other, if you suspect your liver is not functioning properly then I would start to rectify this first.
Resources: How to reverse fatty liver disease.