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Hair Loss during weight loss

Malnutrition, rapid weight loss, and stress can cause hair loss during or after weight loss.

Hair loss is sometimes one of the adverse effects of weight loss.

Malnutrition, stress, and hormonal changes can cause the body to lose weight quickly, react negatively to a strict diet, or weight loss surgery.

This article explains why some people lose their hair after losing weight and offer treatment and prevention options.

Malnutrition and other consequences of rapid weight loss in your body are the leading cause of hair loss during weight loss.

The disorder known as acute telogen effluvium (TE) is associated with, for example, rapid weight loss and a strict diet. TE is one of the most common causes of hair loss on the scalp.

TE usually begins three months after a triggering event such as rapid weight loss and lasts for about six months.

Other types of hair loss are associated with weight loss and nutritional deficiencies associated with strict diets. Chronic TE lasts more than six months, and androgenic alopecia, often known as male or female pattern baldness, are two of these conditions.

Here are some reasons to maintain a healthy diet and lose weight.

Crash dieting

A crash diet is any form of weight loss plan followed for a short period to eliminate some (or all!) Of the major food groups to achieve rapid weight loss.

Excessive low protein diet

Hair growth requires amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. It is because amino acids are needed- for the formation of keratin, the main structural protein in hair.

Hair loss can cause by a protein deficiency, which occurs when your body doesn't receive enough protein. As a result, if you plan a low-calorie, low-protein weight loss program, you may experience hair loss.

Your body prioritizes protein-dependent tasks, including tissue repair, digestion, maintaining pH and water balance, and producing hormones when your protein needs are not being. Hair loss is possible because hair growth is not required to keep you alive.

In addition, patients with hair loss often have deficiencies in certain amino acids such as histidine, leucine, valine, and cysteine.

In a study of 100 people with hair loss, researchers found histidine and leucine deficiency in a large percentage of people with various types of alopecia, including androgenic alopecia and TE.

Patients in this study also had multiple valine and cysteine deficiencies.

Weight loss surgeries

Weight loss surgery is linked_ with rapid weight loss and frequently results in protein, vitamin, and mineral shortages, which can lead_ to hair loss.

In a study of 50 people who underwent an arm gastrectomy in 2018, surgery that removed a large portion of the abdomen, hair loss was observed_ in 56% of the subjects. Hair loss is higher in women than men.

Zinc and vitamin B12 were significantly lower in subjects with hair loss, both before and after surgery.

In a 2020 study, 72% of 112 women who underwent gastric sleeve surgery experienced hair loss after the procedure. Hair loss began 3-4 months after surgery in 79% of those who reported it and lasted an average_ of 5.5 months.

In addition to reducing the capacity of the stomach_, some weight loss operations allow food to pass through part of the intestines, which leads to an increased risk of malabsorption and nutrient deficiency.

Restrictive diets

A crash diet that eliminates all food groups, such as a casual- diet, can cause hair loss due to malnutrition or stress.

Hair loss is associated with a deficiency of iron, zinc, protein, selenium, and essential fatty acids.

Hair loss is associated with a low-calorie diet.

Hair loss is sometimes associated with severe stress, which is_ associated with a strict diet.

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