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, 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 malnourished.
I’m Losing my Hair after Weight Loss Surgery!
Is your goal to lose weight, or is your goal to be the most vibrant healthiest you can be? The scary thing about malnutrition is that you don’t see the “problem” until long after the damage is done for many deficiencies. I mentioned hair loss 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 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 proper vitamins.
There are some deficiencies like neuropathy that you do not see until years or even decades after surgery. Research shows 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.”
Malnutrition and Hair Loss
One of many examples is optic neuropathy. It is becoming more prevalent; people have blurred vision problems 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 consciousness to different temperatures, along with other losses. 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 a 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 aid with the overall 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.
Remember always to think of the bigger picture of vibrant ultimate health. Living a full life is so much more than just losing weight.