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PSA - High blood pressure = hair loss!  

MJputergurl 60F  
57 posts
3/3/2018 12:21 pm
PSA - High blood pressure = hair loss!

First of all - I am no doctor, and I have never played one on TV! Go see a doctor before you act on anything I say here!!

Hair loss is a subject near and dear to most everyone, particularly us later-life blooming gals. And blood pressure is certainly an important thing to keep under control, for a great variety of reasons.

Well, if you didn't already know this; high blood pressure is also being recognized as a cause of hair loss. This is why minoxidil is now a topical hair loss medication; it was initially prescribed for controlling blood pressure, but had the noted side effect of decreasing hair loss.
Side note: Spironolactone is one of the most common medications prescribed for M-F transgender hormone therapy, because it hinders testosterone production. This was initially discovered as a side effect when men were prescribed Spironolactone for, natch; high blood pressure! They also started to develop breasts, because the Spiro was strangling their testosterone production.

I can now lend my own experience to the discussion. Along with high blood pressure developing in the past few years, I have been seeing some alarming hair loss.

I finally started doing something about it last October when I got my doctor to prescribe meds for blood pressure. And I REALLY got serious around last December when I also started working on reducing my alchohol intake, and taking a 30-minute walk every morning. Thankfully, my Bella gives me motivation to keep up the walks; she gets vocal with me in the morning when she knows it's time for walkies!

The worst blood pressure reading I had back in October was 154/99 !! I havent seen any readings above 135over84 in the past month, and most of my readings are BELOW 120over80 now.

And finally, Im seeing MUCH fewer hairs in my brushes and around the house, and my hair seems just a little fuller again; YAAAAY!

So there ya have it ladies and germs! Ive heard the same warnings for years about blood pressure most of us do, but hair loss is what motivated me to do something about it.
Besides accepting I needed medication; modifying my alchohol intake has probably been the hardest thing to do, still working on keeping that up. But adding just a little regular exercise seems to have been the most beneficial thing of all, and largely painless!

Get out there kiddies, and start walking every day!

Thanks for listening!


"Know masculinity, maintain femininity, and be a ravine for all under heaven." - Lao Tzu

anittime 62M
67 posts
2/25/2019 6:37 pm

interesting and informative

Gina_L07 67T
387 posts
3/29/2018 8:44 am

So sounds like a win - win situation. Taking high blood pressure medication will increase your boobs and reduce your hair. Where was this kind of information say like....30 years ago. Oh need to stress out about it as we know that will lead us right back to the beginning of the circle. Take care and be safe. Ciao.


sphxdiver 74M
21063 posts
3/3/2018 6:44 pm

Have to agree with what your saying, my blood pressure is high, and every time i brush my hair after a shower, the brush is always full of hair.

Suppose I should go in and see a doctor about that then.

Thank you for the tip !!

thikhead 67M
3346 posts
3/3/2018 6:01 pm

i take a med against high bp but have no hair loss.

maybe men and women are different (duh!),

but in males, i see it being a height thing.

god, with his ubiquitous sense of humor (see platypus),

seems to bestow hair loss among the shorter men (that i know anyway)

where more people can see it.

on the other hand, they can grow beards, which i still cant.

lol, we are what we are

"well only get through this if we work together. if we dont, none of us will"

fivestar562 66M
284 posts
3/3/2018 4:07 pm

Vitamin D also helps in reducing hair loss. I take 2000 mg capsule every day and for the past 10 years, I have minimal hair loss.

oldbstrd55 67M
3292 posts
3/3/2018 3:09 pm

Interesting to read about Spironolactone, one of the pills my doctor has me on. I'll have to talk to her about that.

MJputergurl replies on 3/3/2018 3:52 pm:
Dosage levels are important. M-F transgender persons normally use from 200-400 mg per day to lower their testosterone production. Spiro is also often referred to as a "water pill" because it causes dehydration, which can lower blood pressure.

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