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I was an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 15 years and never experienced hair loss. I recently went completely vegan and I have started noticing hair loss. Has anyone ever experienced this, and if yes how did you deal with it?<br><br><br><br>
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Can you describe your usual diet? Are you eating sufficient calories?<br><br><br><br>
Some hair loss is normal, of course; is it falling out in clumps/strands pulling free when you pull your fingers through it?
 

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It is not coming out in clumps. It is more like an even thinning. It comes out when I run my fingers through my hair and it comes out with no pulling or effort of any kind.<br><br><br><br>
I am a runner, so I am taking in almost 2500 calories a day. I am very cautious about the amount of protein I get. I take several supplements including zinc.<br><br><br><br>
This is why i am concerned and was wondering if anyone else had ever experienced this.
 

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How about your fat intake? It's pretty important for hair health.
 

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I never really thought of that. I have been told everything from B vitamin deficencies to Zinc deficencies. Nobody once mentioned fat. I do eat a diet very low in fat. I eat nuts and nut butters though almost daily, I also include avocado, and healthy oils for cooking. I am not sure it would be fats. What do you suggest for fats?
 

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You know, I'm really not sure. It depends so much on your activity level, etc. Can you estimate what percentage of your calories are from fat? That might be a place to start.<br><br><br><br>
Also, do you have any family history of hair loss/thinning, etc.?
 

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There's also the possibility that this is just a cycle of some kind. I was worried about hair loss this past summer - my hairdresser's comment was merely "you're molting." I gather that every now and then this happens. I didn't notice it coming out when I ran my fingers through it, but I did notice it in the haircatcher on my shower drain. (On that note, you might want to check your shower drain before you have a big plumbing issue on your hands.) After a few months it stopped. The past year has been stressful, but the peak of the hair loss didn't seem to be related to the peaks in stress cycles.
 

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i am going thou the same thing my hair is falling out just strans but ALOt im not really sure what it could be i take a mulit and lots of vitamins hey mabey u could be overdoing a vitamins to that i think can cause it.
 

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I had some noticable hair loos about a year ago. My doctor told me that hair will fall out about 4-5 months after a very stressful experience. He said that it takes that long because the hair folicle will stop regrowing new hair, so what is left in there will eventually run out and then you have to wait for new growth.
 

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I was an ovo-lacto vegetarian for 15 years and never experienced hair loss. I recently went completely vegan and I have started noticing hair loss. Has anyone ever experienced this, and if yes how did you deal with it?<br><br><br><br>
I look forward to any suggestions you ladies might have. Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"></div>
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Hair loss is due to a dramatic change in the amount of iron you're getting. You'll probably see a difference in your nails too.
 

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I have noticed that as my nails are growing that there are small ridges in them there were not there before. They are also a bit softer. I never equated this with becoming vegan.<br><br><br><br>
I never just ate eggs per say in the past. I would just not object to them being in things that I ate. I suppose that makes a difference. I am working on trying to find a new way to get all the things I was before and obviously am not getting now.<br><br><br><br>
As for my fat intake I have figured that about 6% of my totally daily calorie intake is from fats. They are all unsaturated fats, but fats non the less. I have always been very caustious about my fat intake.<br><br><br><br>
I do donate blood twice a year. Although I have not tried since my total diet change. Although it did not seem that different to me.<br><br><br><br>
I am glad that you are all being so helpful, these are all things that I can talk to my doctor about. I did get rid of my dietician because she was just weird. She actually objected to my diet changes saying that the nutrients found in dairy milk and eggs were not replacable. Oh well.
 

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Oh and yes there is a history of it in my family, but my mom was in her 50's and actually not long after she started having hair loss issues she was diagnosed with N-stage liver cancer. Her hair loss was more related to the disease than it was to genetics.
 

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Do you have a physician/GP, etc. who would be willing to do some blood analysis for you? 6% fat is very low. I think the athlete type folks I know eat around 15% even. But, it could be iron deficiency or even low B12 stores (or like a gazillion other things I supposed). A quick blood examination may yield some answers.
 

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I think it's doubtful that the change was due to that switch in your diet...it doesn't seem like there's that much you'd be getting from dairy, given an otherwise balanced diet, that would have that much of an effect.<br><br><br><br>
There is generally about a 3 month lag between something that affects your hair, and seeing the effect on your scalp.<br><br><br><br>
Women's hair loss can be really complicated. It can commonly be due to low iron (check the ferritin level), thyroid problems, hormonal issues, stress, or just heriditary pattern hair loss. You might get some blood tests.
 

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I appreciate the advice and i will make an appointment with my internal medicine doctor. He is great and has very supportive of my choices of a healthier lifestyle. I'm sure that if there is anything wrong he will tell me.<br><br><br><br>
I am taking a B complex vitamin supplement, and I take an iron supplement too. Liquid iron, tastes gross. I have always taken that. The only thing new I have really added is the zinc supplement, and that was only after reading countless articles saying that vegans don't get enough zinc. I also spoke to a co-worker who specializes in hair loss and she said that very well could be the problem. She also lectured me that if my hair is falling out maybe I should just eat chicken like that would make it grow back instantly lol.<br><br><br><br>
I will definitely make an appointment and have my blood checked. I will even have my thyroid checked. I don't have a family history of thyroid disorders but it never hurts to check it out. Thanks again.
 

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There has been loads of threads on this, do a search it seems to be pretty common. I had the same problem when I was about 13/14 shortly after becoming veggie. At school at the end of each lesson I'd notice a pile of hair, where I'd been sat.<br><br><br><br>
I think after I increased my iron intake it went back to normal and now I have a thick head of hair. I think also B12 may be an issue now you're vegan, so get yourself a tub of marmite!<br><br><br><br>
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sounds like you are getting plenty of exercise so blood flow to the scalp shouldn't be a problem (unless - do you notice that your scalp feels tight and tense? If so, a scalp massage will definately help. If your scalp is tense and tight, you may not be getting enough blood flow to it. Hair follicles can eventually die if you don't get enough flow to them.) Scalp massages are always good for hair growth. Hanging your head off your bed to get more blood flow to your scalp can also help.<br><br><br><br>
One of the main causes of hair loss (esp. just an overall thinning) is stress. The hair loss can begin happening several weeks after the stressful eposide is over. So, you often won't notice the relation of the events.<br><br><br><br>
Have you done any major damage to your hair - like coloring or perming?<br><br>
These can weaken the hair and cause hair loss.<br><br><br><br>
A drastic change in diet can also cause hair loss - you won't see it until many weeks later. If you did an extreme 'diet' change, can cause some hair loss. (this is why alot of people who go on crash diet to loss weight will also have hair loss).<br><br><br><br>
Someone suggested oils. Does your hair feel dryer? Get those oils in your diet. Avocado and olives are the best for hair. Coconut oil is best for on the hair treatments.<br><br><br><br>
Also even an over drying shampoo or other hair product and contribute to weakening hair.<br><br><br><br>
Other than that, you could just be going through a shedding cycle. This is natural for everyone. Unless your hair starts falling out in clumps, I wouldn't freak out just yet.<br><br><br><br>
I used to be a hair dresser. My hair is thinner than it used it be but that was because it was always being the guina pig when it came to coloring and doing funky stuff to my hair. You can permanently damage hair roots so they don't grow back if you over do stuff like that.<br><br><br><br>
Hair loss due to dietary conditions are a little harder to pin down. You could try and have a hair analysis done which might show what you are deficent in.
 

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The same thing happened to me during my vegan stint. I took supplements, but nothing helped. Oddly enough, when I went back to not stressing over my food (I still ate mostly vegan, but I didn't worry about trace amounts of milk or eggs, for example), the problem ceased.<br><br><br><br>
Rather than blame veganism, which I believe can be perfectly healthy, I blame my own obsession over what I put in my mouth, which I'm pretty sure limited my diet quite a bit. I wasn't ready or prepared for it as I should have been.<br><br><br><br>
It's most likely iron that is your problem. I've always had a problem absorbing iron, particularly from supplements, so that's probably why it didn't help me. Get some blood work done and talk to your doctor, and then find out what you can do with your diet to ensure your health.
 
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