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9/19/19 11:36 A

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Hi Jess, emoticon

I am a retired nurse( just so you know).

I don’t think you’re crazy at all and can appreciate your worry over your hair loss.
I’m glad you are seeing your general practitioner for a some labs. You could ask him to do a complete thyroid work-up, rather than a screening. Routine thyroid labs are screenings. Sometimes, thyroid problems can cause hair loss, not always. One suggestion, is to keep taking your multivitamin. I assume it includes minerals and iron. If not, maybe you should consider it.

I found an excellent Mayo clinic article. It has a lot of information you could discuss with your doctors. Scroll down to “causes”.

I hope everything works out well for you. If you like friend me. I welcome friends anytime.

www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hai
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9/18/19 11:17 P



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The TSH level I was referring to is for thyroid issues. I am hypothyroidism, and is very common, particularly among women as they get older. Maria has mentioned she experiences hair-loss issues re Vit D and anemia. I was prescribed Omega 3 Fish oil (6,000 mg daily) for another issue, and have taken them for about 12 years.

THIS is why you NEED to have your blood checked as well.

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9/18/19 3:26 P

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I would encourage you to have a blood test. I have low Vit D and low iron (which show up in a blood test), for which I am under a doctor's care. I have been anemic for about 14 years and have had to take iron supplements for, as well as Vit D supplements (these are separate from my multivitamins and fish oil capsules). My doctor told me that my hair loss will likely not be resolved until my anemia is resolved.



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9/18/19 3:14 P

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I know a guy and a gal who went almost totally bald in their 30s.
Both regained all their hair when they ate more fruits and vegetables. Supplements did not help them.

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9/18/19 1:46 P

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I want to reassure anyone who worried about my nutrition. I’ve come this far with the help of a medical weight loss clinic. I’ve followed their rules re the macros and to be totally honest after months of healthy foods I’ve been relaxing my grip a little and enjoying some junk foods, but only occasionally.
During my last appointment, I mentioned the hair loss to the doctor, and while she doubted it had anything to do with my weight loss activities, she recommended a multivitamin with extra d3. This is on top of the fish oil and biotin supplements I was already taking. That appointment was a month ago, so obviously the extra nutrients haven’t helped.
For the person who mentioned genetics...my grandma survived cancer and lived into her 80s with a full head of hair. Her sister lived to 96 without any receding. My mother disowned me, but the last time I saw her, years ago, she had amazing hair even in her mid 60s. So that’s not the problem either.
I’m trying to reach my general practitioner about getting in for a blood test. He is aware of my recent activities and has given his approval. In fact he had a VERY long conversation with me during my last checkup about why even though I’ve been exercising and being generally more healthy, my blood pressure is still borderline high and apparently that is normal.



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9/18/19 10:13 A

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The Keto team that I am on has had hair loss come up as an issue sometimes.

I think it can be that you are lowering you calories too much in an effort to loose weight. How many calories are you eating per day? I suggest not going below 1800. 1300 a day, where are you ?

So I have the same thought as ARCHIMEDESII, ... are you cutting calories and nutrients too low?

Have we found your problem?

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9/18/19 9:24 A



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JESSDARKLIGHTER,

I agree. don't panic. Do you have a family history of hair loss ? maybe aunts with thin hair or grandfather or uncles who are bald ? My hair was much thicker when I was younger. But as I aged, I did start to notice a bald spot develop. And that is just the way the genetic ball bounced.

Could your loss be a result of genetics ? Possible.

Could it also be a result of your weight loss ? Also possible. When people go on a diet and start restricting certain foods, they might notice their hair become brittle. They might even start losing it. Why ? lack of healthy fats.

Ask anyone who went on a very low fat diet and they'll tell you how brittle their hair and nails became. Have you also notices your nails are more fragile ? If so, it could be a result of a lack of healthy fats. What are ways to increase healthy fat ? nuts, olive oil, fatty fish, avocados, etc.

Some women when they become pregnant will also lose their hair. Don't worry, not saying your pregnant. Just putting out possible causes for hair loss in women.

My thought (AND do take this with a grain of salt since I do not know anything about you) would be to take a good look at what you've been eating. See if the foods you've been eating haven't been as nutrient dense as they could be.

Also, when's the last time you've had a full physical ? A 60 pound loss will cause substantial changes in your body, not just outside, but inside too.

Get your blood work done to see if maybe you could be vitamin deficient.




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9/18/19 5:49 A



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The first thing I suggest is DO NOT panic. A lot of older women find their hair thins out a bit, mine included. I noticed mine thinning/receding a bit more than I was comfortable with and got my Dr to check my TSH levels. The results came back borderline high. Because there were symptoms re the hairloss, I was started on levothyroxine and the results have since come back normal. I also now have the beginnings of new hair where it had been receding.

The other thing I will suggest is to check that you are eating a balanced diet and getting enough of the various nutrients. eg:

* If you don't eat enough protein it can affect your hair.

* Vitamin D deficiency can cause hair loss (Oily fish such as salmon and sardines are great for this, but your Dr can also do a blood test to see if you are deficient.)

Below is a link for you to give you ideas of what MAY help, dietetically, but equally important, ensure that you are not under-eating.
www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-for-hai
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If you suffer frequent stress, that can affect your hair, too. If this is you, find relaxation techniques to help boot the stress out the door.

The other thing I will mention is that sometimes what we DO to our hair can affect it. You mention braiding. If you have your hair pulled pack regularly, this can contribute toward hair loss. The same if you have it chemically treated or use heat to dry it, as in curling irons or hair dryer.

Good luck,
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9/17/19 9:54 P

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I’m around halfway through a 60 pound weight loss goal.
I’m currently panicking because with (because of?) the weight loss, I’m losing my hair. It was very fine to begin with, but tonight after finishing a session including some weights and a 3 mile run, I got out of the shower at the gym and went to braid my hair into pigtails...and with all my hair in two braids, each was the size of my pinky.
Is this a totally crazy thing to be upset about? As far as I can tell from my research, there isn’t really anything anyone can do about it. If there is, let me know.



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