We here at Blue Crab Boulevard wish to alert people to the following safety advisory: do not get in the path of any man suffering from hair loss when he reads of this study just released in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Just stand clear, trust me.
Many forms of hair loss have been linked to an iron deficiency.
Okay, assuming the stampede to the drugstore to buy iron supplements has subsided:
Could iron deficiency be key to baldness?
The answer is yes, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, who reviewed scientific literature on the connection published over the past 40 years.
"If doctors can understand fully the relationship between iron deficiency and hair loss, then they can help people regrow hair more effectively," study leader Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, head of clinical research in the department of dermatology, said in a prepared statement. "We believe that iron deficiency may be related to many forms of hair loss and that people may need higher levels of iron stores than previously thought to regrow hair."
And here you thought Popeye was eating spinach for his muscles. Hah!