February 29, 2016

Saralyn Mark, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Saralyn Mark, MD
Hair loss can be more stressful for women.
Alopecia, or hair loss, can be distressing for both men and women, although women may feel more anxious about this than men due to societal expectations. It's important to have your doctor test for thyroid function and other endocrine/hormonal issues, and anemia. Look at your diet as well to see that you are consuming enough protein which is extremely important for vegetarians and vegans.

Sally Stevens was in her 20s when she began noticing the hair that came out in her brush each day, but she had such a thick head of hair that it wasn’t noticeable – at least not right away.

As the years went by and the hair continued to thin, Stevens became more unsettled about it.

“It started mostly on the top. I combed one strand at a time to try to cover my head. Then it started on the sides,” the Camp Hill resident said. “A bad hair day? You have no idea. That was me every day for so many years.”

By the time she was in her late 50s, she was nearly bald on top of her head and self-conscious. An attractive woman with a warm smile and beautiful eyes, Stevens could see only one thing in the mirror…

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Saralyn Mark, MD

Saralyn Mark, MD, an endocrinologist, geriatrician and women's health specialist, was the first Senior Medical Advisor to the Office on Women's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services for 11 years and to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As Senior Medical Advisor, Dr. Mark was responsible for the development and analysis of initiatives and programs on emerging technologies, public health preparedness, physician workforce issues, sex and gender-based medicine and women's health on Earth and in Space.