Weight Loss and Hair Growth

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Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Wed May 25, 2011 8:26 pm

Over the past three years I've lost ~45kg cycling. My BMI is normal and everything is going well. I have noticed recently, however, that I've had increased hair growth over my entire body. It's growing faster and in places where it wasn't before. I have never been a hairy person, but now I have noticeable back and chest hair. The hair on my head is also growing faster. I don't think it's simply an increased density of hair due to my smaller size.

I googled the problem, but only seem to find info about losing hair with weight loss.

Any thoughts people? I'm content with being a gorilla provided there's nothing else wrong with me.

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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby TrekStar » Wed May 25, 2011 8:43 pm

Not a doctor but it sounds like maybe it's related to hormonal changes? Might be worth asking your GP to have a look.
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby Zynster » Wed May 25, 2011 8:49 pm

Guys naturally get hairier as they get older. Everywhere except the top of the head.
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby sogood » Wed May 25, 2011 9:22 pm

Zynster wrote:Guys naturally get hairier as they get older. Everywhere except the top of the head.

You are so cruel! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Wed May 25, 2011 10:38 pm

Zynster wrote:Guys naturally get hairier as they get older. Everywhere except the top of the head.


No solar panel up there yet, though father and both grandfathers are/were thin/bald on top. They also all had heart attacks; my dad's second one jump started my focus on fitness and cycling. Maybe fitness prevents heart disease and hair loss.
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby BarryTas » Thu May 26, 2011 8:14 am

maybe maybe maybe, in extreme weight loss, the body grows more hair to keep warm.

but generally it's a sign of good health and good circulation
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Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby Comedian » Thu May 26, 2011 11:48 am

Once Apple finds this thread I suspect things will go down hill and fast. :mrgreen:

Personally I don't think I've noticed myself getting any hairier but I'll be watching for it now. :)
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Thu May 26, 2011 12:19 pm

Comedian wrote:Once Apple finds this thread I suspect things will go down hill and fast. :mrgreen:


Ooh, I hadn't thought I would be in the Apple-league. I don't know what my missus would have to say about it, but competition is healthy :D

Comedian wrote:Personally I don't think I've noticed myself getting any hairier but I'll be watching for it now. :)


That's why I'm posting - I haven't heard of it before, nor can I find any info on it.


BarryTas wrote:maybe maybe maybe, in extreme weight loss, the body grows more hair to keep warm.

but generally it's a sign of good health and good circulation


Adaptive mechanism? Possible, but I'm skeptical. Good circulation and health, that's actually a better hypothesis. Maybe the new hair is my normal state and the old me was abnormal. I have been overweight since I was in my early teens (I am the same weight now as I was when I was 14, in fact), so I wouldn't be surprised if this was the case.

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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby im_no_pro » Thu May 26, 2011 1:26 pm

Would love to help you out, but unfortunately im in the opposite camp i.e. gaining weight and losing hair :oops:
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby foo on patrol » Thu May 26, 2011 6:47 pm

How old are you Bigfriendlyvegan?

Off topic. I had a mate that was totally hairless (from the shock of his mother dying) and got burnt at my place, when doing a burn off and his hair grew back! :shock: Even made the Australian Medical Journal. 8)
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Thu May 26, 2011 8:09 pm

foo on patrol wrote:How old are you Bigfriendlyvegan?


Just turned 38.
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby wombatK » Thu May 26, 2011 8:28 pm

Good grief BFV, you're anorexic :shock: :shock: :shock:
Once enough body fat is lost, a thin peach-fuzz type of hair will begin to grow on the head, arms, back, and chest. This is the body's last resort instinct to try and keep a person warm when they don't have enough body fat. This hair is called lanugo

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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby marinmomma » Thu May 26, 2011 8:31 pm

Comedian wrote:Once Apple finds this thread I suspect things will go down hill and fast. :mrgreen:



Lol, I had the same thought....if there were pic's we might get her back here!
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby Anakist » Thu May 26, 2011 8:35 pm

Holy smoke. I am a gorilla anyway, maybe I should lay off the exercise!

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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby fatherofmany » Thu May 26, 2011 9:53 pm

sogood wrote:
Zynster wrote:Guys naturally get hairier as they get older. Everywhere except the top of the head.

You are so cruel! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

yes but unfortunately sogood it's sotrue :oops:
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Thu May 26, 2011 10:38 pm

wombatK wrote:Good grief BFV, you're anorexic :shock: :shock: :shock:


Wow, the world's only 88kg anorexic. Unfortunately, I'm not malnourished, but apparently lanugo hair grows on elephants as well, which is much more likely. When I bend forward I get a good hang of saggy-baggy skin, I'm large and I'm a vegetarian. Hmmm, I think I'm onto something.
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby Chuck » Fri May 27, 2011 5:26 pm

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:Maybe fitness prevents heart disease and hair loss.


Didn't seem to help these guys....

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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby Apple » Fri May 27, 2011 8:07 pm

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:Over the past three years I've lost ~45kg cycling. My BMI is normal and everything is going well. I have noticed recently, however, that I've had increased hair growth over my entire body. It's growing faster and in places where it wasn't before. I have never been a hairy person, but now I have noticeable back and chest hair. The hair on my head is also growing faster. I don't think it's simply an increased density of hair due to my smaller size.

I googled the problem, but only seem to find info about losing hair with weight loss.

Any thoughts people? I'm content with being a gorilla provided there's nothing else wrong with me.

David

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Please post a picture of your gorilla body. That will show some of these bum fluff cyclists what a real man should look like.
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby Apple » Fri May 27, 2011 8:09 pm

Anakist wrote:Holy smoke. I am a gorilla anyway, maybe I should lay off the exercise!

James


PM me James 8) :wink:
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby marinmomma » Fri May 27, 2011 8:10 pm

Yay, it worked...Apple, you're back!!! :D
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby Apple » Fri May 27, 2011 8:13 pm

marinmomma wrote:Yay, it worked...Apple, you're back!!! :D

Yes I am sexymomma, I am going riding again.
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Fri May 27, 2011 8:17 pm

Apple wrote:Oh Baby,
You must look fantastic.
Maybe you are growing up young David; you have blossomed into a MAN.
Please post a picture of your gorilla body. That will show some of these bum fluff cyclists what a real man should look like.
You should thank your lucky stars.
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Hey, how you doin?

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Photo is strangely accurate. Yes, I'm a ranga and I do have some saggy skin from the weight loss. Actually, I also have a beard, so I'm more like a 70s "movie" actor. Here's a real pic:

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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby marinmomma » Fri May 27, 2011 8:21 pm

Apple wrote:
marinmomma wrote:Yay, it worked...Apple, you're back!!! :D

Yes I am sexymomma, I am going riding again.
one project completed so watch out girl friend. :wink:


Bring it on girl friend, see you over in the 6k club :wink:
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby Apple » Fri May 27, 2011 8:25 pm

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I will follow your wheel anyday.
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as for you Momma. See you at the club. :wink:
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Re: Weight Loss and Hair Growth

Postby foo on patrol » Sat May 28, 2011 9:04 am

bigfriendlyvegan wrote:
foo on patrol wrote:How old are you Bigfriendlyvegan?


Just turned 38.


Hmmm to young for you to start growing extra hair. (nose, ears, :( longer eyebrows and across shoulders)

Maybe you can work it out and turn it into a cream to rub on heads for regrowth! :idea: :mrgreen:
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