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Can iron defiency anemia lead to weight loss?

Can iron defiency anemia lead to weight loss?

Probably not: But, the cause of iron deficiency is important, and that can lead to weight loss. Please work with your doctor to determine why you are iron deficient. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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Can excess iron leads to hair loss?

Can excess iron leads to hair loss?

What: What excess limit are we talking about pl be specific. .There is an entity called irom deposition in liver in porphyria. ...Read more

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Can hairloss result from iron deficiency?

Debatable: I believe I have seen it in my practice, but evidently dermatologists do not agree on whether low iron causes hair loss: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/20888064. ...Read more

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Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

Is hair loss due to vitamin B12 deficiency is reversible???

In short - YES: Hair loss / thinning due to vitamin B12 deficiency can sometimes be treated by taking oral b-complex vitamins. However, there are instances where you may need injections of vitamin B12 (usually given monthly). It depends on the reason you have developed the vitamin deficiency. Is it because of a vegetarian diet? Or is it due to some intestinal malabsorption problem? Best to check with your doctor ...Read more

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How to check vitamin dificiency for hair loss ? Which vitamin difeciency cause very weak hair and hair loss ?

How to check vitamin dificiency for hair loss ? Which vitamin difeciency cause very weak hair and hair loss ?

Seldom the cause: Despite all the "pop" stuff you'll find on the internet, vitamin deficiency is seldom the cause of hair loss. People are just trying to sell you stuff. An inexpensive multiple vitamin daily is usually more than enough if you're eating sensibly. Look for some other cause -- male pattern baldness, hypothyroidism, alopecia areata, seborrhea, fungus, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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Can you lose hair from iron deficiancy?

Can you lose hair from iron deficiancy?

Yes.: Hair loss may be associated with nutritional deficiency. However, there are many other causes which should be considered. If your hair loss is due to dietary deficiency it may take months to return it to normal. Mild iron deficiency would not be uncommon in your age group. ...Read more

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Will low iron levels cause hair loss?

Yes, iron deficiency: Can result in hair loss. Other common symptoms are pica (craving eating ice or dirt), headaches, fatigue and shortness of breath with exercise. An over the counter iron supplement taken every day along with Vitamin C to aid with absorption should help. Talk with your doctor to find out why you are iron deficient, and work on resolving the underlying cause as well. Best wishes to you! ...Read more

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Can a vitamin deficiency really cause hair loss?

Can a vitamin deficiency really cause hair loss?

No.: No particualar vitamin associated with hair growth/loss, even though some advocate that biotin in large dose would help hair growth. Poor nutrition (so, vitamin deficiency as a consequence) would lead to hair loss. ...Read more

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Hair loss secondary to low tsh?

Generally low: Tsh will lead to an increased tendency for hair to break due to poor protein in the hair shaft, but it's not true hair loss. It will restart growing normally when your hypothyroidism is correctly treated with the right dose of brand name T4 replacement. ...Read more

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Does vit D deficiency cause massive hair loss and scalp soreness in women?

Does vit D deficiency cause massive hair loss and scalp soreness in women?

Doubtful: Vitamin D's main action is on the bones and blood calcium levels. It also has effects on other systems which are being studied but severe effects on the skin and hair have not been described. Even if your D level is a bit low I would check with a dermatologist to see if something else may be going on ...Read more

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Is the hair loss from iron deficiency reversible. Can new hair grow back once i get my iron levels to normal?

May be unrelated: Your iron deficiency and hair loss be co-incidental and unrelated. Do attend to your iron deficiency but it may not restore your hair. ...Read more

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Could low copper leading to anemia effect skin and hair?

Could low copper leading to anemia effect skin and hair?

Yes: Since iron is essential in maintaining healthy cells, skin, hair, and nails, a deficiency will affect these. The skin (generally more palor). Hair - brittle, hair loss, change in texture. Talk with your health care provider to be sure you are getting the proper amount of supplementation. ...Read more

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Can B12 deficiency lead to anemia and memory loss?

Can B12 deficiency lead to anemia and memory loss?

Yes.: Pernicious anemia is the most common reason for unexpected B12 deficiency. Lack of B12 can cause both anemia and neurological damage. The latter includes numbness, gait problems, and dementia. The neurological findings can occur before there is any anemia, or vice versa. The anemia will reverse with treatment. The neurologic problems may not correct completely with B12 treatment. ...Read more

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Hair-loss and iron deficiency, how are they related?

Hair-loss and iron deficiency, how are they related?

Hair and iron: The internet is full of very readable articles on hair loss and iron deficiency. Take your time and read them all carefully and you will find the answers you seek and how to best manage things. ...Read more

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Is the hair loss from iron deficiency reversible. Can new hair grow back once i get my iron levels to normal?

May be unrelated: Your iron deficiency and hair loss be co-incidental and unrelated. Do attend to your iron deficiency but it may not restore your hair. ...Read more

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Do you know if the hair max light comb works for thinning hair? Losing hair around temples, can iron deficiency be a problem?

Do you know if the hair max light comb works for thinning hair? Losing hair around temples, can iron deficiency be a problem?

Slight benefit: It may help a little. You may wish to use minoxidil. You may wish to see a dermatologist. Iron deficiency was once included in lists of causes for hair loss but a good study a few years ago put an end to that. A 48-year old woman tends to thin on top, not at the temples. A dermatologist might help you. ...Read more

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I experience hair loss and angular stomatitis ... Or inflammation of the angles of my mouth. Are those strong enough indicators for iron deficiency?

May or may not: Iron deficiency can cause your symptoms but so can other conditions like pellagra or vit b deficiency and other vitamin and mineral deficiency. It seems you have abdominal problems and malabsorption is a consideration. Go to your doctor and be examined. Fe-deficiency is easy to test, the others not so easy. ...Read more

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Is my hairloss related with my iron deficiency? Blood test shows 12 units-iron deficienecy. (13-300). Taking iron pills. Pls help very less hair :'(.

Is my hairloss related with my iron deficiency? Blood test shows 12 units-iron deficienecy. (13-300). Taking iron pills. Pls help very less hair :'(.

Anemic?: Wander if you have anemia. Poor general condition like malnutrition or illness could affect hair in the wrong way. Stress also could. Seek a dermatologist to see if there's other reason. ...Read more

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I suffer from trichotillomania & my scalp got bald. Will it ever grow back again ? Bearing that I have iron deficiency and i can't find scalp pores !

I suffer from trichotillomania & my scalp got bald. Will it ever grow back again ? Bearing that I have iron deficiency and i can't find scalp pores !

Yes eventually: It may take some time if you are completely bald, but yes it will come back if caused by trichotillamania. It usually grows back thin initial and may take several years to grow back the way it was before pulling. If you have anemia, it's important get started on a good diet rich in iron and b vitamins. I know a dietician would have some suggestions for you. ...Read more

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IIf I use minoxidil along with iron tabs to speed up the process, is it ok to stop minox after hair growth (iron deficiency)??

IIf I use minoxidil along with iron tabs to speed up the process, is it ok to stop minox after hair growth (iron deficiency)??

Yes.: If you have hair thinning or hair that is brittle, from iron deficiency, then taking iron and correcting the deficiency should return you to normal. I may take a number of weeks for the hair to come back to normal, given the rate at which hair grows, but in the end, it should be normal. Any benefit that Minoxidil adds should pale in comparison to what iron will do, and can be stopped w/o concern ...Read more

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After an iron deficiency, she is regrowing her hair slowly but the very front doesn't show regrowth yet (she has been taking iron for a month)?

Continue therapy: When treating iron deficiency with oral iron, it can take several months at least to completely replace the iron your lost. Therefore, it may take longer for your hair to regenerate and for any nail changes to revert to normal. Continue to take the iron and it probably will be a bit longer before all of your hair returns to normal. ...Read more

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After having finished iron deficiency, will my hair grow back properly again?

After having finished iron deficiency, will my hair grow back properly again?

HairTodayGoneTomorro: Only one way to find out: wait and see. It'll "normally" grow about half an inch or so per month. No practical way to know if it will all grow back. But it will stop shedding, unless something else is wrong. Plus good hair and scalp hygiene will help. And figuring out what caused the deficiency in the first place. And if you have any other deficiencies (e.g. biotin). ...Read more

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I've had iron deficiency symptoms for years but a major hair shed prompted me to seek help. Iron panel was good but ferritin was 11. After taking vari?

I've had iron deficiency symptoms for years but a major hair shed prompted me to seek help. Iron panel was good but ferritin was 11. After taking vari?

"Iron panel"???: Usually a low ferritin means low iron. But what was in the "panel"? If you have iron deficiency, why is it low? Heavy menstrual bleeding? "Symptoms" for years? Why go years without defining the cause and then correcting it? You will find references to iron deficiency as a reason for hair loss. But a recent study, the only one with any validity, showed that iron deficiency does NOT cause hair loss. ...Read more

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Can hairloss result from iron deficiency?

Debatable: I believe I have seen it in my practice, but evidently dermatologists do not agree on whether low iron causes hair loss: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/20888064. ...Read more

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hairloss linked to iron deficiency, stopped falling but no signs of regrowth yet! What can I do? Would iron IV help? as it would refill the stores?

 hairloss linked to iron deficiency, stopped falling but no signs of regrowth yet! What can I do? Would  iron IV help? as it would refill the stores?

Takes time : Hair loss can be due to many reasons other than just iron deficiency. Check with your doc re the same. However usuaing the iron might help if due to deficiency of iron but takes time and will grow back after many months of substitution. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency cause heavy head or dizziness?

Can iron deficiency cause heavy head or dizziness?

Yes: Take your iron pills as directed by your doctor. Otherwise get checked out. ...Read more

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Iron Poor Blood (Definition)

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