I am experiencing hair loss. Could it be related to nutrition?

It is very unlikely that your hair loss is due to nutrition. However, in rare cases, hair loss can be due to:

  • An extremely poor diet that is very low in protein, calories or certain vitamins and minerals.
  • Crash diets, eating disorders or starvation.
  • High intakes of certain supplements like selenium, boron or vitamin A. 

Hair loss can happen for many other reasons as well such as:

  • Too much colouring, shampooing, straightening and blow drying
  • Wearing tight braids, rollers, ponytails or hats often
  • Medication or chemotherapy
  • Surgery and certain illnesses
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy and childbirth (note: hair loss often returns to normal 6 months to 2 years later)

Here are some facts about normal hair loss:

  • Most adults lose about 100 hairs per day.
  • Adults tend to lose some hair as they age.
  • About half of men begin to bald by the time they are 30 years old.
  • By 60 years of age most men are either bald or they are starting to bald.

If your hair loss seems sudden or severe or if you have concerns about your hair loss, speak to your health care provider. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. Following Canada’s Food Guide will help you make healthy food choices and give you the nutrition you need.

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Last Update – June 1, 2017

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