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BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/27/13 2:05 A

Yes it is true that you will lose hair when you diet. I ended up losing some when I first started losing weight. But I know this second round is different because I am working on maintaining now. And thank you!

WWREFUGEE1942 SparkPoints: (77,452)
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11/27/13 12:30 A

If you diet too much you can lose your hair due to electrolyte deficiency. My doctor told me to drink a little fruit juice and that fixed me right up. I still got dizzy spells a little bit for a few years but for the last ten years I have been eating too much food for that to happen. Maybe once in a while it still happens from dieting.

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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,245)
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11/26/13 11:44 P

I'm glad that you are staying in close contact with your Dr and Dietitian.


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11/26/13 10:42 P

Thanks guys. I received an email back from my doctor - I have been emailing her back and forth almost all day yesterday at our convenience - and she had mentioned to me that it seems like it was the selenium. So I ended up switching my multivitamins. As far as nutrition goes - her and my Dietician now have me consuming around 2,200 calories a day if I want to maintain while still exercising. Yesterday I was rather proud of myself. I spaced out my meals and was able to consume 2,100 calories. Today I felt much better. I just needed to visually see it despite the fear. Obviously it's going to be a process though.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/26/13 8:03 A

The concern here is that you have a major problem that requires more than members here at SP can help you with. These "solutions " people are tossing out, might be well intended, but could be harmful, if you just try them, and do not go to see your doctor.

Sharing ideas, and advice is wonderful for minor issues, but hair loss is a sign of a much larger problem, and could be from multiple causes. Hoping that one of the ideas suggested by a member works, is too risky, and I too, am worried about your health. Time to see a doctor, and get things straightened out.

11/25/13 7:33 P

I have been following your posts where you have reported a greater than 100 pound weight loss, and you are now concerned with an eating disorder. You have reported in the past a very low calorie intake and the desire to get to a weight that is unhealthy for your reported height. Please see your doctor. PLEASE. We care greatly about you and want only the best for your health.
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CANADA-DISCO19 Posts: 168
11/25/13 2:06 P

My hair was falling out, so I got my iron levels tested. Turns out they were low (although not anemic). I started taking a daily iron supplement, and the hair loss soon stopped.

BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/25/13 11:39 A

Thank you. As far as foods goes, I eat greek yogurt every day, and I eat a lot of eggs and tuna. Sweet potatoes I don't eat so much but I get a good intake of orange-based foods. I think it might be hormonal so I went ahead and contacted my OBGYN. But as far as selenium goes, I really think it might be that because my multivitamins I have been taking the past month do have twice the recommended amount.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
11/25/13 10:12 A

Make sure you check thyroid function that sometimes causes hair loss.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,249
11/25/13 7:50 A

sometimes when you color your hair, the damage is bad enough that it starts to fall out right away. other times you damage it, but not enough for an instant result. which means that over time, your normal wear and tear works on the damaged hair and then it starts to go. so of like when you see lumberjacks taking down a tree. they take a big pacman mouth piece out to control the direction of the drop and it only takes a little straight cut to fell the tree after that. the dyeing would be like that big pacman mouth to start and then the basic wear and tear that actually brings it out.
but it sounds like it's likely not any one reason by itself. it sounds like you have every little reason working together on this one. so if it were only one or two things, your hair wouldn't be falling out so much. but since you have issues with every failsafe, they are adding up to the hairloss.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,257
11/25/13 6:29 A

Alopecia can be caused by a fungal scalp infection or bacterial infections of the hair roots and high levels of insulin, as well as, too much or too less thyroid hormone and as you said...inheriting it.

Clumps could mean a thyroid problem or a nutrition endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in metabolic can not guess what is causing this...make an appointment. Meantime the previous poster has provided valuable info.

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11/25/13 6:12 A

Make sure you include these products in your diet:

- sweet potatoes: they are a great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which body turns into vitamin A. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain scalp.

- salmon: it has plenty of vitamin D, proteins and omega-3 fatty acids. About 3% of the hair shaft is make up of these fatty acid. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of scalp, and in the natural oils that keep scalp and hair hydrated.

-oysters are rich in zinc, a lack of which can lead to hair loss (even in eyelashes), as well as a dry, flaky scalp.

- walnuts: they also have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They're also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous

-eggs: A great source of protein, eggs are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron (anemia) is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women

-spinach: the iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.

-Greek yogurt: cruise the dairy aisle for low-fat options such as Greek yogurt, which is high in hair-friendly protein, vitamin B5 and vitamin D

-blueberries: vitamin C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in the diet can lead to hair breakage.

-poultry: this everyday entree is extraordinary when it comes to protein, as well as hair-healthy zinc, iron, and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful. Because hair is nearly all protein, foods rich in protein are literally giving you the building blocks for hair.

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11/25/13 3:24 A

It sounds like you might be in for some blood tests for hormonal and thyroid functions at least. Sometimes anxiety or related conditions can cause people to pull at their hair, and this can cause problems. Also, some medications can have hair loss as a side effect. If either of these sound like you, you would be best to talk with your Dr about this at the same time.

In the meantime:
Make sure that you are getting good, balanced, healthy nutrition

Try to de-stress as much as possible if need be by learning some relaxation techniques

Don't go putting your hair in a ponytail or plaits because it gets pulled tight doing that and can cause damage. The same with drying your hair - don't wrap it tight in a towel or twist it around.


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11/25/13 2:49 A

I hope you get ahold of your doctor and tell her about all of the concerns I've seen you post lately. God bless.

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11/24/13 11:50 P

Thanks. Online it says 100 hairs but the past three days it has added up to about the size of a sparrow.

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
11/24/13 10:39 P

My beautician says 80 hairs/day is average loss normally.

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11/24/13 8:43 P

I just checked my multivitamins! They contain 70 selenium and my normal vitamins - which I haven't been able to take lately - only contained 50 selenium. I really think that might be the case but obviously I'm still going to get my doctor's opinion.

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
11/24/13 8:35 P

Are you taking any multis from GNC or a health food store? There was a report on tv some high potency multis contain to much Selinum and other minerals -not sure about the spelling- that can cause hair loss and skin problems. Ask your doctor and take All vitimans and supplements you take and show him/her, they may find the reason.

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11/24/13 8:21 P

Thanks. I went ahead and emailed her. Just wanted to see what people on here might have to say as well. I know it isn't hereditary... I'm thinking it /might/ be the fact that I colored my hair and the black dye might have been too much. But I did that a month ago so I don't see why it would be affecting me now.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
11/24/13 8:17 P

Well, those are three pretty common reasons (also lack of iron can be another dietary-related contributing factor). Though there are a bajillion other reasons for it, from hereditary tendency to assorted medical conditions, so, it might be worth bringing up the matter at your next doctor's appointment.

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11/24/13 7:59 P

I wasn't really sure which area I should post this in. I was wondering what could cause hair loss aside from weight loss, stress, and lack of protein? I'm now working on maintaining my weight, I consume enough protein, and I have been getting plenty of biotin from the foods that I eat. Any feedback is appreciated thanks!

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