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Could high fat, not LC Paleo cause hair loss?

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Updated April 23, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Created April 21, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Ever since going Paleo I have been suffering from unexplained hair loss. It started after three months into the diet (as well as yeast growing all over me). I had a 3 and a 2 month break since late 2012, where my hair regrew fast, but otherwise it has been shedding and thinning.

I have been tested for everything and no causes were found (hormones, thyroid, diabetes, lack of nutrients incl. B Vitamins, D3 Iron/ Ferr.

I eat a high fat, moderate carb diet. I started out LC Paleo, thought that might be the problem and added starch from banana and later potatoes. I have been feeling good on the diet for the most part. I do often feel tired or hazy/ foggy minded after eating though and I have been dealing with severe bloating since eating low carb, or rather after I added carbs back in I could not digest them anymore.

I keep reading that a high fat diet causes hair loss? I eat lots of butter, but I keep reading that it is good on Paleo sites.

I was hoping someone here might have an idea why I am still shedding? I find it so odd that the hair loss stops completely, only to resume a few months later.

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0 · April 22, 2014 at 11:47 PM

sorry, i do not have an answer.

but it does sound a bit like telogen effluvium, where a higher than normal percent of your hair is in the resting/dormant phase. Normally ten to fifteen percent of head hair is in this phase (ref#1). But as much as 70 percent of hair can prematurely enter this rest (ref#2)

here's another link that explains telogen effluvium well.

if you have never heard of telogen effluvium, then may be this info will help out with your troubleshooting.

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0 · April 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I went Paleo in 2012 and haven't changed much since. i doubt this is some sort of detox hair loss that lasts years.

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0 · April 22, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Modern Medicine claims that is affects hormone levels. Many doctors recommend a lot fat diet for hair loss patients.

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Right, but since I haven't been LC since 2012 I think that probably isn't the cause? I eat plenty of carns nowadays. Even from starch.

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41258 · April 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Carbs not fat are generally associated with hair growth. Lots of people go LC and have issues with hair loss.

LC is a therapeutic diet, it is not meant to be sustained indefinitely.

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Right, but since I haven't been LC since 2012 I think that probably isn't the cause? I eat plenty of carns nowadays. Even from starch.

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777 · April 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Not sure about dietary intake but pretty much every fat I use topically boosts hair growth, I can't see why dietary intake would cause the reverse

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0 · April 22, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Modern Medicine claims that is affects hormone levels. Many doctors recommend a lot fat diet for hair loss patients.

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60 · April 22, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Hair loss can actually mean you have just gone from a state of poor nutrition to one of better nutrition.

Hot avocado oil treatment may help you. It contains proteins and vitamins, including A,D, E and B6 as well as magnesium, folic acid, amino acids, copper and iron, all of which can help with both hair growth and nourishment.

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0 · April 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I went Paleo in 2012 and haven't changed much since. i doubt this is some sort of detox hair loss that lasts years.

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