You may have heard of “Wheat Belly,” but what about “Grain Mane?” Have you considered that the gluten in your diet may be causing you to lose your hair? In those with Gluten Intolerance, it can cause mild to moderate hair loss. Ingestion of gluten by some with Celiac Disease has been shown to produce both partial and complete hair loss.
Autoimmune Hair Loss
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease where the ingestion of gluten causes damage to the small intestine. Alopecia Areata is also an autoimmune disease. It is characterized by the loss of hair on the scalp and body. While it is unclear if one causes the other, there is a strong correlation between the two conditions. The presence of Alopecia Areata may be the only clue that a person may be suffering from Celiac Disease.
Does the Hair Grow Back?
In 2003, an article in the Journal of Pediatric Health reported that doctors had put two children suffering from Alopecia Areata on a strict gluten-free diet. Both had total regrowth. Even though this diet has proven remarkably effective in some, this has not been the case for all who have tried it. For those whose results have not been as stellar, hair restoration may be beneficial once the Alopecia Areata has stabilized.
For best results with hair restoration, attention to your diet is very important, even for those without dietary sensitivities. For those with gluten sensitivity, it is critical. Sticking to gluten-free foods may prevent your body from attacking your follicles, thereby giving your new growth the best shot at survival.
- For more information on going gluten-free check out this list of safe and not-safe foods.
- The Celiac Foundation has a wealth of information about Celiac Disease.
- For support with Alopecia Areata, the NAAF has support and research available.
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