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Forums: April 2012 Kickstart Forum: Hair loss
Created on: 08/12/12 03:43 PM Views: 1896 Replies: 5
Hair loss
Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I keep hearing that vegetarianism and veganism can cause hair loss or a lack of hair growth. Is this true? Can anyone help me to understand why or why not?

RE: Hair loss
Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

There is no evidence that this is true. However, not eating enough calories can lead to hair loss, regardless of the dietary choices.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Hair loss
Posted Monday, August 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

not enough calories or poor nutrient balance (eating lots of processed 'vegetarian' foods instead of whole foods - white flour pasta with sugar-laden tomato sauce is technically vegan but not in the same class as whole grains and fresh tomatoes)

--Deb R

RE: Hair loss
Posted Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:34 AM

I agree the last few months have been rough for me as well. My mother passed from cancer on July 1 and then 12 day later I lost my 13-year-old Boston who was my love sponge. In my grief at first I lost weight, then I gained about 5 pounds, having never gotten off the 25 or so I wanted to lose in the first place.

RE: Hair loss
Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2:18 AM

There are many causes of hair loss. Women may notice hair loss after delivery. People under stress may see noticeable hair loss. Some diseases and medical treatments can cause hair loss.

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RE: Hair loss
Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

My friend and I also lost our hair while eating protein and no carbs, so maybe it is the change that causes hair loss.


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