Role of Iron Deficiency in Chronic Hair Loss


  • R. Ananya1 , M. P. Brundha2 , D.Ezhilarasan3



Anemia, iron deficiency, nutritional, hair loss, alopecia


Anemia is a condition in which you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry sufficient oxygen into the
tissues of your body. Anemia can make you feel weak and tired. Iron deficiency anemia is the most common
form of anemia, which occurs when there is not enough mineral iron in your body. To generate hemoglobin
your body needs iron. If your blood supply doesn’t have enough iron, the rest of the body can’t get the
amount of oxygen it needs.Hair is a fast-proliferating organ with a high blood supply requirement. The
length and size of the hair depend on the hair cycle anagen, growth stage. At the center of these systems,
however, lies the blood supply in the scalp, the oxygen delivery system, and nutrients that are provided to the
subcutaneous blood flowing hair follicles. It is not yet clear what role iron plays in hair loss. This research
had the purpose of determining the relationship between iron and hair loss. Iron hair loss deficiency may
look like traditional hair loss patterned by males and females. A study published in the Journal of Korean
Medical Science found that iron may not only play a role in hair loss, but may also cause hair to fall out in
a manner similar to genetic baldness of male and female patterns. The aim of the study is to analyse the role
of iron deficiency in chronic hair loss. Most widely cited nutritional causes of hair loss include iron, one of
the key micronutrients in metabolism of our body. This review gives a clear knowledge about the different
roles played by iron deficiency in the body, specifically its role in chronic hair loss.

Author Biography

R. Ananya1 , M. P. Brundha2 , D.Ezhilarasan3

1Research Associate, Dental Research Cell, 2Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, 3Associate Professor,
Department of Pharmacology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical
Sciences (SIMATS) Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India




How to Cite

R. Ananya1 , M. P. Brundha2 , D.Ezhilarasan3. (2020). Role of Iron Deficiency in Chronic Hair Loss . Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(4), 4941–4947.