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HI THERE,

WELL I NEED SOME ADVICE. I HAD LAP BAND ON FEB. 11TH 2008. I HAVE NOW LOST 40 POUNDS AND MY hair IS FALLING OUT BY THE HANDFULLS. CAN ANYONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO FIX THIS. I AM TAKING MY Vitamins AND EATIN MY PROTIEN. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

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It's true that you need to get your Protein but you will find that when your hair starts falling out--it will continue until your weight loss stabilizes. There are studies that demonstrate that: 1) Hair loss during extreme weight loss is very common, 2) it WILL all grow back when you stop losing weight, 3) it is not a sign that anything is wrong, and 4) the biological/medical cause for it is not known but they do know it's not associated with poor/low nutrition or essential blood counts. In general, there is nothing you can do except buy a wig IF the hair loss gets so extreme that you have noticeable Patches. Most people don't lose to that extreme. I have been losing my hair too (a lot) and I'm not thrilled but I also am not worried because I was on a total 11 Liquid Protein drink diet many a number of years ago and lost even more than I'm losing now. It all grew back so I'm here to tell you not to worry or panic. It WILL grow back. Good Luck.

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People who have gastric bypass often lose their hair if they don't get enough Protein because they have the malabsorption issue. However, lapband surgery does not usually cause Hair loss unless are having a reaction to the anesthesia used during surgery. Try increasing your protein to 80-100 grams/day - it's hard with a tiny pouch but you can do it easily with good quality bariatric protein supplements (not the kind body builders use!). You also need to be taking a good Multivitamin. (Ensure and Boost aren't what wls patients need......we need products like whey Gourmet, EAS, Matrix, nectar, etc).

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