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Diana Rob 11-20-2012 01:25 PM

Hair loss
Can someone please help. I'm 6 months into Low Carbing and my hair is thinning to a point can no longer hide how thin it has become, just on the top of my head. The sides and back seem fine.

i'm a 68 years old women, my hair was fine till i started Low Carbing. Am getting very worried about this. Have read this is a problem with the kind of diet i'm on, why?

Does anyone know, is there anyway to stop this? every time i wash my hair my hands have about 12 to 15 strands. At the rate it is falling out i will be bald on the top in months.

Not on any drugs.. just Vitamins..

thank you for any help you can give


pink princess 11-20-2012 01:34 PM

Sea kelp would help if you do not take thyroxine.

ravenrose 11-21-2012 09:58 AM

I know it's tempting to say it's the diet, but it's just possible you would have had this loss at this time anyway even without it, too.

Sorry you have this problem. I know how frustrating it is!

I had terrible hair loss when I was in perimenopause, so it was hormonal for me. My endo does not want me taking estrogen, but he suggested DHEA, which is a precursor to both estrogen and testosterone. Taking that supplement lets your body make a little more estrogen, which could help. Good luck!

Leo41 11-22-2012 05:38 AM

I agree that it's probably not your diet--except if you're not getting enough protein. That can result in hair loss.

But for women in our age range (I'm 71), it's almost always hormonal.

Diana Rob 11-23-2012 02:19 PM

Hair Loss
Thank you

maybe some information might help.. i had a complete histroectomy in my early 20's. Took Esg.. for 25 years till my body could not handle it any more.
Went though mps.. years and years ago... Interested in DHEA.. know nothing about it.. are you saying it may help with hair loss??.. what i could read on it, everything said, it helped in weight loss.. not a word on one's hair.

My hair has thined as i've age.. very slowly.. over years.. which is understandable and normal.... but this thining is different, i kid you not.. since low carbing the top has thin to the point it's hard to fix my short hair to not show it. My hair dresser can't get over how thin the complete top has become in just the last 6 months. She cuts my hair every 5 to 6 weeks.

I'm am loseing weight, slowly.. about 25 lbs since June.. Have found in order for the weight to keep moving in the downward motion.. i have to keep my Carbs below 20.... Proteins below or close to 75... and Calories around 1200 to 1300. Fats are all over the place..

I keep track of everything that enters my mouth by Weight by Date computer program.. nice program. easy.. and getting the nutrition goodies on recipes is a big help.

new to Low Carbing .. have no book .. just what i can read on net.. which never agrees.. My Dr. agreed it was the diet program that would work.. but she does not know much about it to help.

If the hair loss is from too low Protein.. what should the Protein be? Had my Protein higher.. 150 to 180 sometimes over 200.. but stalled.. for a month.. as soon as lowered Protein down to 75, the lbs started moving off..

My weight was 220 to start and was just about ready to start Insulin.. Dr said loss this weight or else.. I'm 5' 5" and as of today down to 195.

really scared to death.. at this rate of hair falling out.. will not have enough to work with, soon.

On Medacare.. and fix income.. finding that Medacare is changing and will not, any more, aprove many test or Dr.s of different types.. So don't think i can get an apointment with a Dr.. that treats hair loss..

this is a lot to ask.. but there must be others with the same problem and found something that helped..

Here is list of Meds.

Green Tea 500 mg
Vinpocetine 30 mg
Vit D 2000 I.U.. test showed body low on Vit D.
Centrum Silver over 50x

Dr. put me on 10 mg of Lovothroroxine to help with weight loss but test do not show a throid problem.

DiamondDeb 11-23-2012 10:50 PM

Welcome, Diana Rob! :welcome:

Hair loss is definitely very scary. I hope yours stops soon.

Hair loss can be from many things - weight loss, stress, major life events, hormones (too many male ones), illness, etc. Hair loss tends to start about three months after a stressful event if that if the cause. Low carb diets do not cause hair loss but weight loss (caused by anything or any diet) can.

Sally's Beauty Supply has a generic line of hair care products similar to the expensive Nioxin ones. I used the shampoo a few years back & my hair loss slowed a lot.

I'd also suggestion supplementing biotin (3000 - 5000 mcg would be good) or a good healthy hair, skin & nails supplement.

This is something you should be able to talk to your regular doctor about - no need for a specialist.

How low was your D3 (you did mean D3?) You probably need more than 2000 mg to get it up in the good range. As we age we are more likely to have Vitamin D3 problems.

gotsomeold 11-24-2012 04:48 AM

After menopause I lost hair by the handful. And it got brittle and dry and looked awful.

First step is make sure you do not have hormones or something else physical out of whack.

Everyone told me biotin would help. My tummy does not tolerate it.

D3 is very important. I took large doses - 5000 to 10,000 IUs a day for a year - before I got myself back into the 'normal' range.

Improvement was gradual, but what really did the trick was giving up shampoo and 'washing' my hair with conditioner. Slather it into wet hair, scrub my scalp with it, and rinse. I shampoo once or twice a month these days, but condition daily.

Hair loss has stopped and my hair looks really healthy now.

Leo41 11-24-2012 03:33 PM

You seem to be eating sufficient protein.

However, I'd be concerned about any doctor who put you on thyroid hormones for weight loss.

I am hypothyroid, and it says very clearly on my Rx that they are NEVER to be prescribed for weight loss. Since your doctor prescribed for weight loss, I doubt that he's really good on thyroid issues, and that may be your problem.

They are hormones, and powerful hormones. One reason that doctors try to delay giving thyroid hormones for those of us with low hormones is because once you're on them, it's for life.

That said, it's quite possible that your hair issue IS thyroid related. Getting a diagnosis is very difficult because people can be hypothyroid and yet have 'normal-seeming' labs. Most good thyroid doctors go by both labs and symptoms. When I was initially diagnosed, my labs 'seemed' normal, but my symptoms were very severe.

Hair loss is often a symptom of low thyroid.

RVlady 01-14-2013 09:43 AM

My hair loss comes from severe anemia. I've found that 5000mcg Biotin helps with this. I only take it about 3 or 4 times a week right after eating. It seems to take a couple of months to show a difference. When I stop taking the Biotin (just seem to forget) after awhile I will walk by a mirror and see scalp showing again and then start taking the Biotin again.

Ann Lytle 01-26-2013 01:27 PM

My hair was coming out all over the place and I have a thin spot on the top of front of my head. Someone told me about Hair Essentials, Ordered some. It took about two months, but the hair stopped falling out, the thin spot has not filled in, but it's such a relief not to have it falling out by the hands full anymore. Hope this helps............ Ann

Mimosa23 02-20-2013 06:32 AM

I would take biotin, a good mineral supplement and consider taking Silicic acid in the form of gel. It is a highly concentrated form of silicic acid that you need: colloidal silicic acid. The stuff is called Sikapur if I'm correct. Otherwise, diatomaceous earth will also give you a dose of silicium, but it is less concentrated.

I don't take the gel, but I take the diatomaceous earth and since I've done so I've noticed less hair falling out, my nails growing fast and strong and my skin improving.

Otherwise, I second getting tested for thyroid disease.

Sending good thoughts and wishing you all the best!

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