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H E A LT H & W E L L B E I NG ▲
The scarring of the liver as a
result of long-term damage is called
cirrhosis. This is where scar tissue
replaces healthy tissue and prevents
the organ working properly. The
damage can't be reversed and can
eventually become so extensive your
liver stops working altogether.
However, primary biliary cirrhosis
(PBC) is a rare, long-term
condition that ain y affects
women. It usually occurs in
people aged 30-65, and is
nor a y diagnosed a er age .
The disease damages the
small bile ducts in the liver,
which gradually leads to a buildup of bile and causes the organ
to fail. Experts believe up to
8,000 people in the UK have PBC
without rea ising it and it affects
nine women to every one man.
commonly at around the age of 52).
It also tends to run in families.
The more common types of hair loss
do not needtreat ent as they are a
natural part of ageing. However, there
are scienti ca y or u ated roducts
to tackle thinning hair, such as the DS
Laboratories Revita Shampoo range
(dslaboratoriesstore.com). Your GP
may also suggest possible treatments.
These include minoxidil, which can
be used to help remedy the problem.
you have signi cant hair oss you
may decide to wear a wig, which is
available on the NHS. There are also
surgical options available, including
a hair transplant, an option which
is becoming increasingly popular,
and arti cia hair i
CASES OF HAIR
LOSS IN WOMEN
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
So how do you know if you may be
one o those affected Ear y sy to s
include tiredness, intense itching,
mottled palms, dry eyes, bleeding and
bruising easily, bone and joint pain
and frequent indigestion or nausea.
The exact cause of the autoimmune
disease is unknown, but it may
be a combination of genetic and
If you see your GP due to extreme
tiredness or severe itching, your
doctor shou d certain y offer you
a liver test for Antimitochondrial
Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is
a widely used treatment for people
with PBC, as it reduces levels of
enzymes. A liver transplant may
be recommended if it is thought
the damage may reach the stage
where your life is at risk. The PBC
Foundation says around 10% of all
liver transplants in the UK are carried
out due to the disease.
round eight i ion wo en
in the UK have hair loss
(medically known as alopecia). There
are any ty es o hair oss with
different sy to s and causes one
type is female-pattern baldness.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
During female-pattern baldness,
which is also called androgenic or
androgenetic alopecia, hair gradually
thins o en ro the to o the head.
Female-pattern baldness becomes
on in wo en a er they
go through the menopause (when a
woman's monthly periods stop, most
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