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#1 Leanna

 
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:37 AM

Does anyone else with gray hair find the color comes back after being on a Gluten free diet? This seems to be happening to me and I am ecstatic!
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:42 PM

This has happened to some extent with me also. I don't think I will ever get back to all brown but any is an improvement. I have noticed also at times when I get glutened and have a lot of hair loss it seems much of it grows back in brown not white. I also started going gray really young, like under 18.
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celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007

Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15

Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom


Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 01:46 PM

Oh my, yes! I've only been gluten-free 4 1/2 months and I have new hair growth sprouting on my head that is NOT gray. Usually the new ones are all wirey and white, but now there are dark ones coming in.

I thought it was my imagination, LOL!

I also started using John Freida shampoo, cream rinse and glaze and those seem to be lightening up the rest of my hair.

How long have you both been gluten free?
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 09:46 PM

yes, I have definitely noticed this. I was almost white headed, now I have color again. My color does not have as much red as it used to, but at least it is color.
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HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0201
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 2,3 (Subtype 2,9)

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 03:17 AM

As a grey-haired celiac man, surely you are just pulling my leg? There goes my George Clooney-like appeal!!
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 05:30 AM

Graying hair has been associated with B-vitamin deficiencies, particularly B12, although there's no solid proof. It wouldn't be surprising tho, considering how most of us have had problems absorbing nutrients. Once we start absorbing nutrients again, the deficiences can be resolved, along with the problems that go with them.


As a grey-haired celiac man, surely you are just pulling my leg? There goes my George Clooney-like appeal!!

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#7 hayley3

 
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 06:43 AM

I've been researching Indian food (not native Americans) and noticed that Indian men have a lot of hair although it's grayed somewhat. They do eat a lot of beans (lentils esp) even grinding the beans into flour. So I would assume they don't eat as much wheat as Americans do.

I'm still waiting for my gray hair to reverse. I have Auburn hair color and have few gray hairs but my hair is not the color it used to be. More of a faded color. I also have a thyroid problem and have lost a lot of hair. It's still falling out. I do take sublingual B12 and B complex. Maybe I should up the dosage.

I had neighbors who were in their 30's who both turned almost white-haired all of a sudden. You knew it was their diet for them both to go gray at the same time.
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Osteoporosis, and sacroiliac arthritis diagnosed 32 yrs of age.  Chronic low wbc, Severe constipation, Migraines, severe GERD, multiple miscarriages, Sjrogen's disease, positive ANA, thyroid nodules (hyperthryoid), fatty liver disease with elevated enzymes, low vitamin D, low protein, IBS, SIBO, Discoid lupus, mulitple food allergies and massive hair loss.  I left my career because I was too sick to keep working, and it was devastating because I couldn't apply for disability without a diagnosis.  My daughter was a preemie and she has Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and had a positive ANA and Rheumatoid Factor at 16.

 

Allergic to:  corn, rice, beans, tomatoes, dairy.


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Posted 13 December 2007 - 07:49 AM

I have a small patch that used to be gray. I just noticed that it came back this week. Coincidentally I got glutened sometime in the past two weeks. I think you are onto something
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:18 AM

I wish this worked for me! I have just a little gray hair, but am definitely getting more. I've been fanatically gluten-free for quite a while now (as well as soy and dairy free). In October, I had a TON of blood tests to see if I had any nutritional deficiencies that could lead to thinning hair. Every test came out perfect - apparently, except for my thinning hair, I am the picture of health. So, maybe some people do have diet/nutritional problems that lead to gray hair (or thinning hair), but not all.
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:45 AM

Yes! I swear that my sporadic gray hairs have come and gone, and come back again in the last 7 years. Looking back, I think my experimentation with South Beach diet caused my remissions of gray. When it happend, I swear I would pluck hairs that were dark at the root and tip, yet white in the middle. Proof that they went gray and wnet back.

Now I've been on the gluten diet since August, but with a few challenges and boo-boos. I haven't noticed any less gray yet, but I was thinning really bad at the temples and getting a horrible widows peak, and now there is a lot of baby fine new growth there.
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Celiac blood testing negative July 2007
Confirmed diagnosis of wheat allergy by skin test Dec 2007
Gluten-lite since July 2007 (didn't know all the hidden sources of gluten)
Gluten-free since December 2007

Life Long Symptoms
Extreme fatigue--needing 10-12 hours of sleep and still woke up exhusted
Allergic to everything--allergies remained out of control despite shots and strict enviornmental controls in my home.
Severe "sinus" headaches

More Recent Symptoms
IBS symptoms
Severe stabbing stomach pains that started 6 months before diagnosis of wheat allergy.

In my heart I feel it is more than an allergy and that I am gluten intolerant. This is based on my how eerily my childhood maladies match most celiac's histories, and my more recent increase in the severity of my usual symptoms and new digestive symptoms that have already started to subside on the gluten-free diet.

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Posted 13 December 2007 - 08:49 AM

I wish this worked for me! I have just a little gray hair, but am definitely getting more. I've been fanatically gluten-free for quite a while now (as well as soy and dairy free). In October, I had a TON of blood tests to see if I had any nutritional deficiencies that could lead to thinning hair. Every test came out perfect - apparently, except for my thinning hair, I am the picture of health. So, maybe some people do have diet/nutritional problems that lead to gray hair (or thinning hair), but not all.



I must admit I have trouble believing this one! There is a genetic marker for people who grey early and it also can be caused by a shock to the system, like having a stroke. Thinning hair can be caused by a number of factors but once you get into your mid-40's and are gearing up for menopause, your hair will thin somewhat and you'll never have the hair of your youth again....period. Very few people on the planet have hair that remains thick and lustrous into old age. It's another one of those things that people have a hard time believing until it happens to them.

I could see slowing down the greying process if you discover nutritional deficiencies early enough but re-growing original hair color after going gluten-free, once your hair has gone grey, seems a little far reaching. Hair color changes with age and I'm not talking just about grey. Hair color will dull and it happens all too soon.

I am 100% grey and started going seriously grey in my late twenties. Undiagnosed celiac was probably a contributing factor but genetics plays a large role also. I have been gluten-free for 2 1/2 years and my bloodwork comes back with extremely low numbers every time so I am not being glutened. Hair is still grey but it doesn't matter....that's what hair color is for!
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#12 hayley3

 
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 09:44 AM

Did you see what tests they performed and the results? I thought all of my vitamin levels were fine, well that's what they told me anyway, and now all of a sudden I have a vitamin D deficiency. Also, my thyroid levels are normal one minute and abnormal the next. I'm not sure what's up with that either, and I am losing hair so bad that I have to unclog my drains way too often.
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Osteoporosis, and sacroiliac arthritis diagnosed 32 yrs of age.  Chronic low wbc, Severe constipation, Migraines, severe GERD, multiple miscarriages, Sjrogen's disease, positive ANA, thyroid nodules (hyperthryoid), fatty liver disease with elevated enzymes, low vitamin D, low protein, IBS, SIBO, Discoid lupus, mulitple food allergies and massive hair loss.  I left my career because I was too sick to keep working, and it was devastating because I couldn't apply for disability without a diagnosis.  My daughter was a preemie and she has Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and had a positive ANA and Rheumatoid Factor at 16.

 

Allergic to:  corn, rice, beans, tomatoes, dairy.


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Posted 13 December 2007 - 09:45 AM

I have DH and I lose a lot of hair when glutened, and a lot that grows back in is brown. Not all but a great deal of it. Some do have a genetic predisposition to male pattern baldness and early greying but there are a lot of us that have been balding, thinning and greying due IMHO not just to nutritional deficiencies but also due to the autoimmune process. If being gluten free could put my severe autoimmune arthritis into remission I do not think it that far fetched that the same sort of autoimmune process that is causing early greying and hair loss could be reversed also. Once the hair root is destroyed though it won't grow back so I think recovery could have a lot to do with catching it in time.

Haley, I don't know how long you have been gluten-free but it took about 3 to 6 months for my hair loss to stop and start the regrowth process. It also took being a real bear about any source of gluten and eliminating it from all toiletries and drugs. In addition after having a severe reaction to a drug a doctor giving me 'triggered' soy reactions (both allergy and intolerance) I found that soy was also a problem for me in my shampoos, I don't know if it contributed to the hair loss but it made my scalp itch really bad. Pay close attention to how your scalp feels after you shampoo and if possible be gentle with your hair as far as styling, etc goes. Also if you color you hair be aware that many haircolors are not safe for us. I also take a vitamin that is formulated for hair by Country Life, that seems to help me also.
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Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying
"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)


celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007

Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15

Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom


Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007

Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

#14 Leanna

 
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 09:55 AM

I am so happy to hear that others have had the same experience with their graying hair coming back. I had started to get gray at 6 years old. People could not believe it could happen to someone so young. I have always had many health issues like underactive Thyroid, hypoglycemia, Vertigo, sinus, you name it I've had it. So this is another positive that gluten free is working for me! I don't expect for it all to come back but every little bit helps. It makes sense that if you don't absorb nutrients it will show up on the body somehow. I have been gluten free for 1 year. I also have Dermatitis Herpetiformis and it has also disappeared.
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 10:10 AM

I just started being gluten-free after Thanksgiving.
It's good to know that it helped your hair loss. I did read that deficiencies in protein, vitamin a, d, and iron can cause hair loss. I will continue to hope that there is hope! :)
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Osteoporosis, and sacroiliac arthritis diagnosed 32 yrs of age.  Chronic low wbc, Severe constipation, Migraines, severe GERD, multiple miscarriages, Sjrogen's disease, positive ANA, thyroid nodules (hyperthryoid), fatty liver disease with elevated enzymes, low vitamin D, low protein, IBS, SIBO, Discoid lupus, mulitple food allergies and massive hair loss.  I left my career because I was too sick to keep working, and it was devastating because I couldn't apply for disability without a diagnosis.  My daughter was a preemie and she has Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) and had a positive ANA and Rheumatoid Factor at 16.

 

Allergic to:  corn, rice, beans, tomatoes, dairy.





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