OCT
15

Understanding Hair Loss

Understanding Hair Loss

Have you ever showered or brushed your hair and noticed a lot of strands falling out - followed by panic setting in that you may be going bald? If so, you’re not alone. Going bald is one of many fears held by both men and women as they age. It’s hard to know how much hair loss is normal and when it means there could be a problem on the horizon without in-depth knowledge of the hair life cycle and the ins and outs of hair loss. Today we’re going to give you the scoop on what the hair cycle looks like and when you should be worried about hair loss.

The Hair Life Cycle

There are three basic stages to the hair life cycle: the anagen phase, the catagen phase and the telogen phase. Not all hair follicles go through the same phases at the same time, which is why it’s normal to always be losing a little hair. Let’s break the phases down.

Anagen Phase

The anagen phase is the growth phase. Hair grows about half an inch a month on average but grows a little faster in the summer and a little slower in the winter. This phase usually lasts three to five years.

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OCT
15

6 Natural Ways to Help with Menopause

6 Natural Ways to Help with Menopause

Menopause hits most women like a brick between the ages of 40 and 50. Hormonal changes bring hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia and vaginal dryness, to name just a few symptoms. It can make life challenging, frustrating and downright exhausting for many women. Here are six natural ways to combat the symptoms of menopause.

1. Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Sugary and Spicy Foods

These foods can make you feel even more sluggish and can actually trigger hot flashes and mood swings.

2. Try to Exercise Every Day, Even If It’s Just 20 Minutes

Research shows that moving your body every single day can improve mood, relieve stress and keep your mind and body healthier.

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SEP
21

Stress Hurts, and Not Just Mentally

Stress Hurts, and Not Just Mentally

If you’ve ever found yourself in a stressful situation - and chances are you have at some point in your life - you may have noticed some surprising physical symptoms, such as sweaty palms or a sick feeling in your stomach. This is because stress doesn’t just affect us mentally or emotionally - it also affects us physically.

Acne and Skin Issues

It’s true, stress does trigger acne in some people. It can also trigger psoriasis and other skin issues.

Weight Fluctuations

There are several ways stress can interfere with weight gain, weight loss and appetite. Everyone is affected differently by stress, but one of the most common concerns with stress is fluctuation of weight caused by emotional responses like overeating or even overeating caused by an imbalance of the stress hormone cortisol.

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SEP
19

The Basics: Stem Cell Therapy and Arthritis

The Basics: Stem Cell Therapy and Arthritis

One of the most promising areas of today’s stem cell clinical trials and research is treating arthritis and other degenerative conditions. Although there is still much to discover about stem cells, their ability to communicate with other cells in the body to stimulate tissue growth and healing is invaluable to modern medicine in many different areas.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that seeks to help the body heal itself. There is still much to be discovered about how stem cell therapy works, but it’s believed that the body’s stem cells communicate with other cells in the body to reverse damage and potentially repair injuries, illnesses and diseases.

Why Is Arthritis So Hard to Treat?

The term arthritis actually refers to about 200 different conditions and diseases that cause a range of symptoms and interfere with daily quality of life in varying degrees. There is still no cure, so treatment revolves around managing symptoms and controlling pain. Part of the reason for this is that experts still don't know much about the cause of arthritis. Current treatment usually includes medications to help control inflammation and stop the progression of joint damage, as well as physical therapy and lifestyle changes.

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SEP
18

These 4 Hormones Control Weight

These 4 Hormones Control Weight

One of the biggest struggles women face as they age is trying to maintain their weight as they face perimenopause and menopause. What many don’t realize is the fluctuation of hormones and imbalance that is likely occurring could be causing weight-related problems. By balancing hormones, these issues can often very easily be corrected. So, what are the four hormones most closely related to weight?

Estrogen

Estrogen levels tend to decrease during menopause, but even though they are decreasing, you could still be gaining weight due to estrogen dominance. How? Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen levels are higher than progesterone levels, and if your progesterone levels are decreasing more rapidly than your estrogen levels, this could be the problem. It’s very common.

Leptin

Leptin is the hormone responsible for telling your brain that you're full when eating. Modern diets full of sugar and too much fructose, commonly found in many popular foods, often lead to an excess of leptin. This could cause your body to become leptin resistant and unable to tell when you're full.

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SEP
18

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

What Is Male Pattern Baldness?

Are you experiencing hair loss that begins at the temples or crown of your head? Is your hair line receding in an "M" shape? If so, you may be struggling with male pattern baldness.

Also known as androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness is the most common form of hair loss among men, and more than 50 percent of men over the age of 50 will be affected in some way by this hair-loss condition.

In most cases, the condition is genetic. In fact, research suggests that genetic factors are at least 80 percent to blame for the condition. It’s not just the maternal side that factors into play, either, even though that’s a common misconception. Because the condition is believed to be polygenetic, or involving more than one gene, it can come from either side of the family, and having immediate family members with baldness increases your risk by up to 50 percent.

Dr. Foster specializes in helping men get their youthfully full heads of hair back using a process called FUE, or follicular unit extraction, hair transplant. It’s currently the most modern and advanced technique when it comes to hair transplantation and involves extracting hair follicles from a donor site, typically the back of the neck, using a specialized instrument. The follicles are transplanted into the recipient area with the use of grafts to create a natural and realistic hair pattern. Once complete, the hair begins to grow in its new home.

To learn more about FUE hair transplants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Foster, call us today at 442-227-0827.

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AUG
15

Can Stem Cells Improve Golf Games?

Can Stem Cells Improve Golf Games?
​ After years of working hard, you've finally retired and now get to enjoy working on your golf game and spending as much time on the green as you want. Everything was going great ... until the extreme joint pain hit. If this story sounds familiar, you aren't alone. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis is proj...
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AUG
15

What Our Hair, Skin and Nails Are Trying to Tell Us

What Our Hair, Skin and Nails Are Trying to Tell Us
Our bodies use our hair, nails and skin to give us clues about our overall health. Check out what each of these signs could mean and how you can help identify when there is a problem. What Your Hair Says About Your Health A thick, shiny and soft head of hair is coveted by many because it's not only a sign of beauty, but also an underlying sign of h...
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AUG
15

Foods That Help Hair, Skin and Nail Health

Foods That Help Hair, Skin and Nail Health
​ Our hair, skin and nails are some of our favorite features to primp when we're trying to look our best. That's why when something is off, we tend to notice it right away. In many cases, our bodies use our hair, skin and nails to signal when something is wrong, so keeping an eye out for any problems in these areas is a good way to monitor your ove...
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AUG
15

Looking for Ways to Improve Mental Clarity?

Looking for Ways to Improve Mental Clarity?
If you've found yourself feeling overwhelmed, forgetful or just mentally foggy lately, you may be looking for ways to improve your mental clarity. Ask yourself these four questions to find some solutions that could help get you thinking clearly again. How Are You Handling Your Stress? Even though stress often just feels like a mental battle, it can...
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JUL
19

Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?

Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?
​ Americans are stressed. In fact, one Gallup poll determined that eight out of 10 Americans report feeling frequently or sometimes stressed in their daily lives. The two biggest contributors to high stress levels, according to participants in the study, were work and children. So, does stress cause hair loss? Science says yes! In fact there are th...
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JUL
19

Golfing with Arthritis

Golfing with Arthritis
​ For most men who golf, their love of the game only deepens with age. So when arthritis hits hard, it can be frustrating. There's no reason you have to stop playing anymore due to joint pain. Not only are there several product lines available for just this problem, but there are also some tips and tricks you can implement into your game to help yo...
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JUL
19

How to Have a Difficult Talk About Men's Health

How to Have a Difficult Talk About Men's Health
​ The internet has given us such a wealth of information and resources right at our fingertips. It's never been easier to learn about new things or research facts, tips and tricks about any variety of subjects. But sometimes, the hardest step is getting a loved one to acknowledge a problem they're having before they can even get to the part about r...
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JUL
19

Is It Just Exhaustion or a Hormone Imbalance?

Is It Just Exhaustion or a Hormone Imbalance?
​ One of the most common complaints we get from patients coming in to see Dr. Foster is extreme fatigue and exhaustion. Many patients chalk it up to busy schedules and a hectic work, family and social life balancing act. But, how do you know when your exhaustion is just due to your busy lifestyle or when it could be due to a hormone imbalance? When...
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JUN
20

Eat These Foods for Stronger, Heathier Hair

Eat These Foods for Stronger, Heathier Hair
As we age or go through certain periods of transition in our lives such as pregnancy or childbirth, one area of our bodies that often goes through changes is our hair. It can be scary and frustrating when hair becomes noticeably thinner or starts to break or fall out in larger-than-normal amounts. In many cases, a simple adjustment of diet is all w...
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JUN
20

Hair-Protecting Tips for Summer

Hair-Protecting Tips for Summer
It's many people's favorite time of the year — summertime! Break out the bathing suits, oversized sunglasses and giant beach towels because it's time to relax and soak up some rays (safely with sunscreen, of course!). Before you get too relaxed, make sure to read these tips on how to protect hair from the side effects of summer. Tip #1 If you're hi...
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JUN
20

10 Signs of Low Testosterone

10 Signs of Low Testosterone
Not feeling like yourself lately? When testosterone levels drop below normal levels, it can cause a steady decline in your quality of life. If you're experiencing any combination of these symptoms, it's time to have your levels checked. Fatigue Aging is not a reason to feel fatigued or experience a decrease in energy. Although many people have just...
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JUN
20

Could Hormones Be to Blame for Belly Fat?

Could Hormones Be to Blame for Belly Fat?
It's the most frustrating part of getting healthy and losing weight, especially for women. Belly fat always seems to be the last to go no matter how hard you work out or how strict your health-conscious diet is. What many women don't realize is that sometimes hormones may be the cause of that extra layer on the stomach that won't seem to budge. As ...
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MAY
24

What to Do When Hair Loss Starts

What to Do When Hair Loss Starts
It can be heartbreaking, the moment you first notice your hair beginning to thin or your hairline beginning to recede. But for two-thirds of men age 35 and older, it's a reality they've had to face. By the time they reach age 50, 85 percent of men are facing hair loss or thinning. So, what should you do when you first notice this happening? You don...
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MAY
24

The 5 Most Common Golf Injuries and a New Way to Treat Them

The 5 Most Common Golf Injuries and a New Way to Treat Them
​ Golf is not only great exercise, but for many players it's also a wonderful way to relieve stress. When an injury or joint pain interrupts your game, it can be frustrating to say the least. Many times physical therapy, pain medication and eventually surgery are the only solutions offered for joint pain and injuries common in golf. However, Dr. Fo...
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