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Old Fri, Jun-15-07, 21:58
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Default How can I stop the Atkin's related hair loss?

When I lost 48 lbs on Atkins in 2003, I lost quite a bit of hair. I'd say maybe 2/3 of my hair fell out. When I went to my hairdresser to get a trim, she was agast as she combed out my hair (and it came out in her hands) and thought I had something really wrong with me. I did a lot of research on why this was happening to me and the answer that I came up with was that whenever your body has a severe shock to it's system, like a bad allergic reaction, or, lol, losing a lot of weight very quickly, you will lose your hair. Now, my hair got pretty thin, but it did come back. I remember feeling the new growth coming in. I'm back on Atkins now, and the weight is coming off just as quickly as it did before, so now I'm hoping to avoid the hair loss this time around. Now, here's my questions--
1. A friend of mine told me that she lost hair while on Atkins too, and that it didn't come back as thick--Has anyone experienced this?
2. Is there anything I can do or take, ie. supplements, extra vitamins, to prevent or lessen the hair loss? Has anyone actually had any luck with anything?
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Old Fri, Jun-15-07, 22:08
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Just keep taking your suppliments, just as you read the hair loss is about shocking the body. I dont really think there is anything you can do about it. My hair has been shedding for my entire life so it doesnt really bother me that much. I know it will grow back just fine.
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Old Fri, Jun-15-07, 22:16
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NO SH*T!!??? OMG....I need to hold onto every piece of hair I have lol.....never heard of this from any others and I've been reading here for a few years. This must happen, but it must be affect only a small amount??? I would just add like the last post to keep taking your vitamins, and maybe even see a person w/ ALOT of knowledge of vitamins/nutrients/nutrition/etc---and that's quite often NOT a physician believe it or not!!
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Old Fri, Jun-15-07, 22:23
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You'll find some very useful information here:
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Hello,

I have been eating low carb for about 3 months. For the last month or so, I have been noticing extreme hair loss. Have you ever heard of hair loss being associated with a low-carb lifestyle? I am really getting quite worried because I can't figure out what's causing this.

Thank you,
Donna


Dear Donna

What you describe is called "Telogen Effluvium". The good news is, it's normal in about 10-15% of dieters. The better news is, it's temporary.

Telogen effluvium is when a stress (such as dieting/weight change) causes noticeable shedding of hair after the stressful event. The hair loss is always delayed, usually 3�4 months after the "stressful event". The event can be a physical stress such as an illness (especially with a fever), sudden weight changes (the most common), or a major surgical procedure. Sudden severe emotional stress can also trigger telogen effluvium, including the death of a loved one, a divorce, or a job termination.

It's all about something called "Transition to Resting Phase". In telogen effluvium, the stressful event causes a high proportion of hair follicles to halt their growth phase prematurely, and to begin a transition to the resting phase at the same time. 3�4 months after the stressful event, a high proportion of follicles shed their hairs all at about the same time, as they prepare for a new cycle of growth.

The confusion comes in here What triggers the hair loss begins 3�4 months before the loss of the hair actually occurs. Usually, the person losing hair has recovered from the event (or stabilized from the weight change or dietary change), and then they start shedding their hair in clumps! The condition is almost always temporary, and new hairs soon grow back in. Within a few more months the normal random cycle of hair follicle growth and rest resumes.

Usually telogen effluvium results in random hair loss from all over the scalp. Often the effect is not noticeable to others, although seeing the increased quantities of shed hairs is disturbing to their owner. Treatment for telogen effluvium includes waiting for the new hairs to grow in, and styling to give a fuller look in the meantime.

Rest assured this phenomenon is not restricted to low-carbing, and in fact because our diet is high in protein, we often recover more quickly. Make sure your diet is TRULY TOTALLY sugar free. Sugar great exacerbates the condition. It also helps to do the following:

* Up your protein by 15% each day over whatever levels you've been eating.
* Make SURE you are taking in at least 1500 calories per day.
* Drink LOTS of water. 64 ounces is a minimum per day.
* Take your supplements! At a minimum, you should be taking:
o A good multivitamin with NO iron
o CoEnzyme Q10 � 75-150 mg per day.
o Acetyl l-Carnitine � 1000 mg per day
o A good Essential Fatty Acids supplement if you don't
eat some form of salmon, tuna, or olive oil every day.

Hope all of this is of some help, Donna. I know it feels scary, but it's not as abnormal as it may seem. I've seen people go off their diets because of it and then attest that after going off and eating "normally" their hair came back. Of course it would have come back anyway, but because these cycles are delayed, they draw the wrong conclusion. You'll find posts all over the web about how this or that diet caused their hair to fall out so the diet is DANGEROUS. They scare a lot of people with misinformation. I appreciate that you took the time to come to me and ask.

http://www.lowcarbluxury.com/newsle...07.html#letters
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Old Fri, Jun-15-07, 22:30
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Lucky its only temporary. I've been losing hair my whole life. Of course it always grows back.. but its gross to pull out big balls of hair in the shower, when I brush, when I take my pony tail out and put it back up.. All day long.
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Old Fri, Jun-15-07, 22:52
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Thanks everyone for your responses. And thank you Rosebud, for taking the time to find that info for me! I try to follow the guidelines as best as I can!
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Old Sat, Jun-16-07, 05:55
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Froggie, chiming in late here, but I too am losing big clumps of hair as well, and it *is* scary. I was going to suggest the fish every day because that's what I tried last time and it seemed to help. Good luck!!
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Old Sat, Jun-16-07, 06:04
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Rosebud THANK YOU!

I'd lost 133 pounds in one year in the 90s and thought my hair loss was due to the poor choice of my diet.

This is so wonderful to know! (too bad it doesn't fall off the rest of the body, too)
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Old Sat, Jun-16-07, 06:13
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Froggie - I had this happen to me a few years back. I just wanted to suggest there's a product you can by in salons called "Nioxin" shampoo and conditioner. It's for thinning hair and removes DHT from the scalp. After using this product my hair seemed like it was coming back in (and it did eventually). If for nothing at all, my hair was healthy because it is a great product (a little pricey though) probably as much as say Matrix Biolage or Nexxus. I wish you well.....
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Old Sat, Jun-16-07, 06:31
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Biotin, 5000 mcg a day....takes about a month to see results but, it definitely helps. Makes your nails grow too!
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Old Sat, Jun-16-07, 07:48
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Any type of weight loss not just Atkins can cause hair thinning. After gastric bypass I went from 287 to 160 and lost a major amount of hair-it grows back.
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Old Sat, Jun-16-07, 18:59
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Thanks guys! Gmmd, thanks for the tip, but believe it or not, I'm allergic to Nioxin! My hairdresser tried it on me and I screamed til she could wash it all out, my scalp was on FIRE! It still hurt afterward. She told me they orginally formulated it for cancer patients. Smelled good though Can you tell me what DHT on the scalp is? I just don't recognize that abbreviation.

Kim8461, I'm taking biotin, but i'll make sure I up the dosage (i was taking no where near that much!)

As for the fish, lol, I think I would rather lose my hair.
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Old Sat, Jun-16-07, 20:21
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I know a woman loses excess amounts of hair after having a baby. Your hair ceases to shed while pregnant. I too am/was losinf tons of hair. Very scary, I would look awful w/out hair! Not to mention mine is long, to the middle of my back so it seems like a TON of hair. I wonder maybe if the stress of a c-section plus the change in my diet is not adding to the problem.
-Christina
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Old Sat, Jun-16-07, 21:26
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Froggiebro..

Load up on Efa's in the form of fish oils and borage oil.
5 grams a day of salmon oil and 500 mgs of Borage oil.

Use sulfur products like MSM and NAC. I've seen this combo hasten hair growth with people who have been on chemo.

500mgs of NAC twice a day and 10 grams of MSM..powder is preferable.
You can also add silica and horsetail is you like..

Mein Shein is great and it works for alot or people.


Go to Walgreens,CV,Osco..wherever, and buy Nizoral shampoo. It is an antifungal shampoo that is now OTC. You can buy the generic Ketocanazonol(?).

Also buy a selenium based shampoo as well.

use the Nizoral for 3 straight days as directed.

Then use the selenium based shampoo on the 4th day..

Try this for a few weeks. Then find a shampoo that is really clean..one that contains Rosemary extract and use that for a while.

Just to be sure, I would have my thyroid, testosterone and free testosterone checked.

Good luck
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Old Tue, Jun-19-07, 08:11
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A woman's hair tends to fall out after she has a child and I found the Atkins hair loss to be much less problematic for me than that. My hair seems as full as it ever was so it would just be a temporary problem...just make sure you eat the most nutritional foods you can.
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