Botin Supplement:

Hair Loss After Weight Loss Surgery

Botin Supplement: Hair Loss After Weight Loss Surgery
23 April, 2015 Itzel

Post-operative hair loss after bariatric surgery is a very common fear or concern for those considering bariatric surgery.

For most of our lives, our hair is in the process of both growing and falling out. Human hair follicles have two states—anagen, the growth phase and telogen, a dormant or resting phase. All hairs begin in the anagen phase; they grow for a period of time and then shift into the telogen phase, which lasts about 100 to 120 days. Following this, the hair will fall out. Typically, 90 percent of our hair is in the anagen phase, and only 10 percent is in the telogen phase. This means that we are usually losing less hair then we are growing, so it is not noticeable.

vit an MOne of the best ways to prevent continued hair loss is to maximize your nutrition.

Eat a minimum of 60 to 75 grams of protein per day (animal protein provides seven to eight grams of protein per ounce), and take your vitamin and mineral supplements.

If any of the following occurs, you should become suspicious of a nutritional cause:

  • Hair loss continuing more than one year after surgery;
  • Hair loss not starting until six months after surgery;
  • Blood work indicating low levels of ferritin, zinc or protein;
  • And difficulty tolerating protein-rich foods and vitamin and mineral supplements.

Iron is the single nutrient most highly correlated with hair loss. Optimal iron levels for hair health have not been established, although there is some evidence that
a ferritin level below 40 gm/dl is associated with hair loss in women. This level is above the level associated with anemia. Iron deficiency is common after gastric bypass surgery, with reports varying from 20 to 40 percent. Menstruating women who undergo bariatric surgery may require additional iron supplementation. In addition to the iron found in a standard multivitamin/mineral or in bariatric vitamin/mineral supplement, menstruating women may require additional supplementation to achieve a total intake of 50 to 100 mg of elemental iron. This amount of oral iron can be achieved by the addition of ferrous fumerate. Women who use oral contraceptives have lower requirements for supplemental iron. Bariatric vitamin supplements usually will provide 30 to 36 mg of iron and should be adequate for low-risk individuals.cepillo

Biotin is often recommended to help prevent hair loss or improve hair re-growth. There are no scientific articles to support or refute these assumptions. Anecdotal reports suggest biotin makes a difference in hair loss and re-growth. As biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, the risk of toxicity is low and supplementation is not harmful. The recommended upper safe limit for biotin is approximately 2000 to 3000 mcg (micrograms) per day. Zinc deficiency has been associated with hair loss, although further study is needed to definitively claim that zinc could prevent hair loss after bariatric surgery. The tolerable upper limit for zinc is set at 40 mg in adults. Levels above this can cause gastrointestinal distress, and toxicity can start at levels of 60 mg per day. A lab test to check for zinc deficiency would be prudent before taking any additional zinc.

Unfortunately there is little evidence that early hair loss is preventable after bariatric surgery (this means three to six months post op). Later hair loss, after six


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