alopecia risk factors

Alopecia is an overall applicable term for hair loss. Hair loss can be a difficult condition to deal with, and many people want to be aware if they are going to lose hair later on and how to deal with it. There are many different causes of hair loss. As well there are also many ways to slow the hair loss process down. There are also a lot of myths on why hair loss happens which we’ve written about before, so check out that article if you haven’t already. However, this article is going to look at the risk factors that are associated with alopecia. These might not be root causes, but they could potentially be the reason you’ve noticed more hair loss than normal. 

Family History

Genetics do play a role in hair loss and whether it will affect you. Although it doesn’t always occur because someone in your family deals with it, you are more at risk for hair loss if a family member has this condition. 


Being pregnant or recently being pregnant can put you at risk for hair loss. This is a hormone-related risk factor where the hormonal changes you go through during and/or after pregnancy can cause you to lose hair. 

Prescription Medication

It is relatively common that certain medications have a side effect of hair loss. So, if you begin taking a new medication and realize new hair loss, you may want to talk to your doctor about the medication and see if that might be the cause. 

Medical Conditions

Various medical conditions are known for causing hair loss. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a medical condition and hair loss is something you’ve noticed recently as well, your medical condition may be putting you at risk for the alopecia you’re experiencing. Diabetes and Lupus are conditions that are known for this.

Poor Nutrition

It is common, although not guaranteed, that those with poor nutrition experience hair loss. Your diet may be the reason your hair loss is occurring. Eating disorders that result in poor nutrition are known for causing hair loss. You should talk to your doctor about your diet to see if poor nutrition may be a risk factor for you. 

If hair loss is something you’ve recently noticed, talk to a professional like those at Parker Trichology. We’d be happy to discuss your condition with you and weed out the cause of your alopecia. We can also discuss a treatment plan for you, so you can get back to feeling like yourself. Contact us today to set up an appointment.