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MARIA11X Posts: 532
1/17/12 2:18 P

Hi Puddleby,

The B-12 I take is a tablet. 1000 mcg time released. The iron tablet I take is 65 mg from ferrous sulfate. I will probably start the Hair Essentials when I get some more money coming in, I think it's about $150 for a 3 or 6 months supply, I have to check again.

Also, as you mentioned about TOM, my gyn realized that my anemia may have been caused by excessively heavy losses that I had been dealing with for years, and he did a surgery to try to help it temporarily. My cycles are lighter than before, but we don't know how long it will last. It's been about 7 months since the surgery. You can send me an email here if you want to talk about it in more detail.

I saw it mentioned about putting hair in a ponytail. I have to put my hair in a bun for work, and I am sure from years of doing that, it has not helped. I have been trying to do looser buns and ponytails when I can.

Edited by: MARIA11X at: 1/17/2012 (14:19)
LEAHOBI Posts: 64
1/17/12 6:52 A

Do you put your hair up when you workout? I lose so much hair when I wear a ponytail- it just breaks my hair off.

PUDDLEBY Posts: 282
1/17/12 2:26 A

Yes, I know you are right. I suppose it could be hormonal, and age-related ;) It is really nice to know that I am not the only one with this issue. Thanks so much Graceisenuf1.

GRACEISENUF Posts: 12,805
1/17/12 2:05 A

Had the same problem. Doc told me it was caused by hormonal changes possibly and the fact I am getting older :). I take biotin now. Coach Nancy is right though a doctor should give you the advice because it could be a number of different things.

PUDDLEBY Posts: 282
1/17/12 1:55 A

Hello MarieX11
Thank you for the info about the hair supplement. Also you have given me some "food for thought" when you mentioned iron deficiencies and also water. I have noticed that my TOM losses have been greater lately, and I definitely do not drink enough water. I should really have some bloodwork done and drink more water. Is your B12 a tablet or an injection? Thank you so much. Let me know if you start that Hair Essentials and if it helps you.

MARIA11X Posts: 532
1/17/12 1:43 A

Hi Puddleby,

I have been suffering from iron deficiency anemia since 2005, and it has caused my hair to shed throughout the day, seemingly more than what is considered normal. My doctor has me take an iron supplement and B-12 daily. I also take a multivitamin, flaxseed oil, and calcium. It has not helped me as much as I hoped, but taking them hasn't hurt me either.

I found out about a hair supplement pill, I think it's called Hair Essentials, every review I have read from people who have taken it says it works. I am going to look into it again. They say it takes 3 months to see results. I did see on the website that sells it that the two main things to do besides taking the supplement is to eat really healthy, nourishing food and to drink plenty of water.

Perhaps have your red blood cell count and hemoglobin tested to be sure you are not anemic? I did not know that I was until I was diagnosed.

PUDDLEBY Posts: 282
1/17/12 12:36 A

Thank you ChubbyLila and Jocepink. I am going to google info about unsalted fresh nuts as I do eat about 14 unsalted raw almonds a day. I was on antibiotics a month ago or so for a cat bite infection, my nails are a bit more brittle than normal, otherwise, nothing really is different and no alopecia in the family. I do take the weightsmart multivitamin sporadically. Maybe I will try to take it daily. I have added a vitamin B and a calcium supplement, so hopefully this will correct itself. Thanks again for your input.

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1/16/12 3:18 P

That's happened to me before ... I starting taking a women's multivitamin, and the hair loss stopped within a month or so. I've been taking daily multivitamins ever since, and it hasn't recurred. So I would suggest that. Do you take any vitamins? Did you do any blood work-up at your doctor's to check for a nutrient deficiency?

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1/14/12 3:54 P

I don't know if anyone else mentioned this before, but humans (like many other animals) shed more hair during autumn and spring. In some people that biological clock might be a lit late (winter-summer).
Also a few things to check out: Did you change your shampoo recently? Are your finger nails just as strong as before? Does your body hair fall off the same way too? Do you have a filter on your water supply? Do you eat enough veg and fruit? Does anyone in your family have alopecia?
Do you eat too many animal fats? Do you eat any unsalted fresh nuts? Do you have diarhea? Where you sick recently? Is your skin drier than normal?
There are really 100+ things that can affect hairloss, because it is pretty much the first thing the body lets go when it is under stress :)

PUDDLEBY Posts: 282
1/14/12 3:47 P

Hi everyone. Thanks for the advice. I will mention it to my doctor. I am pretty sure it is diet or weight loss related, but who knows for sure? I know it is not related to a low intake of fat though, as that is one of my ranges that I have no trouble meeting :-)

BAM0827 Posts: 3,023
1/13/12 5:31 P

I went through a little spurt when the weight was coming off faster where my hair seemed to be falling out more than usual. I was at my sister's who is a hair stylist and she said that it could be because of screwy hormones - kind of like women who lose their hair while pregnant - or right after having the baby (I don't remember what she said but I think it was the latter). It was short lived for me - a few weeks so I wasn't that concerned. If it lasted longer I probably would have checked with my doctor.

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1/13/12 4:44 P


You may want to contact your doctor and let him/her know what you are experiencing. As the previous posters mentioned, hair loss can be caused by a number of factors, however, our members and experts are not in a position to even begin to tell you your cause. Sorry.

Coach Nancy

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1/13/12 3:26 P

Are you under an unusual amount of stress when you "diet" ? Ideally, cutting calories shouldn't effect your hair coming out. I know high stress or medical issues can cause a person's hair to fall out.

It's also possible that your intake of fat is too low too. If a person has an extremely low intake of fat (less than 10%) that will cause your hair to become brittle.

How long has it been since you changed the way you eat ? Has anything else changed in your life that corresponds to the hair loss ?

Ideally, you really should talk to your doctor because there are medical conditions that can cause a person's hair to come out.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,182
1/13/12 3:25 P

I've heard of chemo-related, alopecia, nerves, disease/chronic condition-related. It could also be the change in your diet or a vitamin deficiency. This is only a guess.

If it continues and concerns you (comes out in big clumps), see your GP or dermatologist.

PUDDLEBY Posts: 282
1/13/12 3:14 P

Hi there. I wonder if anyone else has had this happen? It always seems to happen when I "diet". When I wash my hair, my hands are covered in hair and the drain gets plugged up with it. I am healthy otherwise (no thyroid/hormonal issues or anything like that). I googled this issue and have come up with needing more protein and B vitamins, especially biotin. Does anyone have any other ideas?? Thanks for you advice!

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