HAIRLOSS IN BARIATRIC COMMUNITY

Hair loss is a cause of concern for WLS patients

Hair loss can arise after surgery due to the lower intake and reduced absorption of:
protein, iron, biotin, zinc, vitamin B 12, and healthy fats.
Supplements are required in order to help prevent hair loss. A specific bariatric nutrient formula can help prevent or help to stop it continuing.

After WLS, accelerated hair loss may be associated with:

  • inconsistent use of bariatric specific multi vitamin formula
  • or inadequate diet or limited range of foods

Hair Loss occurs between the 3rd-6th month after surgery and can last 6-12 months!

In the early stages, this may reverse on its own and is generally related to the shock of surgery and rapid weight loss.
If hair loss persists more than 6 months, it is most likely related to nutritional deficiency. Hair will always be recovered given correct conditions, as the hair follicle is not damaged, but healthy habits are very important for life after surgery!

KEY NUTRIENTS RELATED TO HAIR LOSS

PROTEIN

Deficiency is related to hair loss. Under chewing food, low stomach acid, vomiting, food aversions, alcohol consumption all impact protein levels.
Minimum recommended protein intake is 60-80g / day


IRON

Is the nutrient most related to hair loss – 65mg elemental iron 2x/day is recommended.


ZINC

Encourages growth and development of hair. In cases of hair loss, 15mg / day is recommended.


HEALTHY FATS

15ml of flaxseed oil is recommended in patients suffering hair loss, 2 tbsp. olive oil also showed improvements.


VITAMIN B12

Deficiency may affect the colour+texture of hair, and can be reversed with B12 supplementation. 350/500mcg per day orally is the recommendation for maintenance of B12 levels and prevention of hair loss.


BIOTIN (VIT B7)

A lack can cause loss of hair colour and hair thinning.


FOCUS ON IMPROVED HAIR QUALITY

Patients who present with hair loss six months’ post-surgery could benefit from following these recommendation daily:

  • Intake 80g of protein for women and 100g for men (with sufficient amounts of L-lysine, 1.5 to 2g/day)
  • add 15 mL of flaxseed oil, 2.5g of biotin
  • 2 bn multi capsules/tablets with minerals
  • 350 to 500g/day of B12 (BN Multi has 500 mcg/dose)
  • 65mg of elemental iron twice daily (Always under guidance)

 

Ask your dietitian for more info