"Genetic" Hair Loss Stopped After Paleo -- is this related to the diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 16, 2013 at 5:58 AM

I'm kind of amazed, since I was told by three different dermatologists I had "genetic" female hairloss, not related at all to hormones or other factors. Yet since starting Paleo, my hair re-growth is astonishing (it looks pretty much 'normal' now). The before and after photos make my friends go "holy crap!!!!!!!!". Is this typical? Am I alone in this? I've been Paleo for one month, however, I've been Gluten Free (and egg free -- a sensitivity I have) for 6 months now. Anyone else experience this?

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on January 16, 2013
at 08:50 PM

I got new hair with Paleo too. In the 1.5 years of doing Paleo it didn't reverse completely my female alopecia, but it did bring me more hair, stronger, and thicker. Same for my nails btw, which are now growing much faster.

My husband also got new hair on his head after going gluten-free last September (Paleo + rice + candy, and some vegetable oils, since he eats lunch at his work for free).



on January 16, 2013
at 07:16 PM

Not sure about your particular situation, but Loren Cordain & the Drs Eades have written about Paleo and male pattern baldness, which is also "genetic." Long story short, in the men it can be tied to hyperinsulinemia, so assuming your insulin levels are generally reduced via the diet change, it's possible the same is true for females.

Link to paper: Hyperinsulinemic diseases of civilization: more than just Syndrome X

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on January 16, 2013
at 06:09 AM

I experienced hair growth as well when I started Paleo following an eating disorder (but this was because I was severely malnourished). I highly believe that Paleo has helped with your situation, even though it's genetic.



on January 17, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Yes, I have an autoimmune disease called alopecia areata, as well as celiac.

If so, autoimmune diseases can definitely be triggered by the SAD!



on January 16, 2013
at 08:40 PM

Yes, but in my case it's a bad thing---facial hair is growing faster! Blah! So I have to be more vigilant if I don't want to be the bearded lady at the circus, ha ha. Also my streak of white hair on my brunette self seems to be growing faster, and I'm not interested in dyeing it, so that's, um, interesting. The only bad things I've noticed...



on January 16, 2013
at 12:53 PM

I have had to cut my hair like twice as often since starting paleo so I would say its possible.

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