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Weight loss and hair loss

Discussion in 'Weight Loss and Dieting' started by FADM2, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. FADM2

    FADM2 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi, I've been IFing (16:8) and cutting down on carbs for past 3-4 months and lost 6-7 kgs over last 6 months. But my hair loss is just tragic! I've been losing soo much hair since I've restricted my calories intake!! I still eat healthy- everyday I eat egg, fish, brown rice, veggies and avoid junk food. I have no clue why I'm losing so much hair.

    Did anyone experience the same?
     
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  2. Dr Snoddy

    Dr Snoddy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Could be iron deficiency which is known to cause hair thinning / loss. Congratulations on the weight loss!
     
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  3. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Expert
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    Hi @FADM2 could also be a thyroid issue, either way it's worthwhile booking into your GP's for a blood test to get it checked out :)
     
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    Alison Campbell Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Are you taking any medication? some can cause hair loss
     
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  5. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    It could also be vitamin B12 deficiency - do you take Metformin?
     
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  6. hca

    hca Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello @FADM2 , hair loss can be caused by a great many things and can be a source of distress, it really would be worth speaking to your GP. X
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    I would suggest supplements in diets which are very restricted.
    I'm restricting my diet but supplement it. Once I have bariatric surgery I will need to increase vit d3 and start calcium supplements.
     
  8. FADM2

    FADM2 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Yes, I take metfo, 850g once a day. Does it contribute to hair loss?
     
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    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    No straightforward answer to that ... some might but I'd be reluctant to connect metformin to it
     
  10. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Metformin is associated with vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause hair loss. If you have a Google you will find plenty of information about it. However, there are other reasons for hair loss as mentioned by others above.
     
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    Congrats on weight loss. Happened to me. I started low carb and healthy eating. Started loosing too many hairs. Went to my GP and had low ferretin (iron). She gave me iron tablets and within 2 months all the hair loss stopped. I lost more than half of my hairs within 3/4 months. Go to the GP.
     
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  12. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Since restricting my diet I've had to take multivitamins, vit d3 and now being tested for vit b12 and folate.
    I'm losing hair in my brush daily too.
    Numb toes and hot tingles. I wish I didn't have to restrict my diet thou.
     
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