I’m Losing my Hair after Weight Loss Surgery!
How many of you felt like all is well in the weight loss world, then suddenly what happens; you start to notice more hair in your brush, you notice the thinning of your hair? This does not happen right away but usually four to six months after surgery. What does this tell you? Your body is being malnourished.
Is your goal to just lose weight or is your goal to be the most vibrant healthiest you can be? The scary thing with malnutrition is that for many deficiencies you don’t see the “problem” until long after the damage is done. I mentioned hair because I get this question all the time, they reach out to me after the damage is done. The great news here is, this is fixable, you just have to go through a phase until you nourish your body properly. For many, this could have been prevented if you were following the bariatric eating plan and taking the appropriate vitamins.
There are some deficiencies like neuropathy, that you do not see until years or even decades after surgery. Research is showing more health problems from malnutrition long after the surgery has been done and long after “that person” on the bariatric support page told you to “just take generic gummy vitamins”.
One of many examples is optic neuropathy. It is becoming more prevalent; people are having problems with blurred vision usually occurring around three years’ post-surgery. Vision problems usually have to do with deficiencies in Vitamin A, B12 and copper.
Myelopathy is one of the most debilitating neuropathies from malnutrition after bariatric surgery. You lose sensation to the skin and loss of sensation to different temperatures along with other loses. This usually does not show up for about nine years after surgery. Causes come from a deficiency of B12, copper, folate, and vitamin E.
With the increase in the number of people choosing bariatric surgery the prevalence of neurological damage is becoming more common, some being irreversible. The key is to follow the bariatric protocol to prevent being malnourished.
- Be sure to do proper follow up after bariatric surgery. Get your blood work done every three months the first year post surgery to check for deficiencies.
- Take a probiotic. It will help strengthen your gut and help with over all absorption of nutrients. (I recommend Raw probiotics)
- Take a digestive enzyme to help with digestion and increased absorption of food. You can also use Fair Life milk it has a digestive enzyme already in it.
- Take the appropriate bariatric vitamins.
For more information on what to look for in your bariatric vitamin click here.
Interested in learning about preventing hair loss, click here.
Remember to always think of the bigger picture of vibrant ultimate health. Living a full life is so much more than just losing weight.
Sending you warm wishes,
Prudence Ticknor, MS, RD- Bariatric Dietitian & Health Coach