I am 60 years old and have brittle nails. What could be the cause and what can I do about it? I never had strong nails, however this is worse and I would like to know what’s going on.
Brittle nails can be a sign of the following:
- Thyroid disorder
- Nutrition problems
- Low iron
- Inadequate, good quality protein intake
Please see your physician for an exam and blood tests.
If you are low in iron (goal ferritin level 50-70), you will need a Gastrointestinal (GI) evaluation for occult blood loss.
All My Best,
Speaking of Women’s Health Nurse
May 11, 2017 at 10:04am