Can telogen effluvium which happens due to crash diets cause androgenic alopecia?

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AGA accelerated by TE

Yes, for some people a shedding episode (telogen effluvium) can precipitate androgenetic alopecia. It is not correct to say it caused it. No. The individual was likely to develop AGA at a later date in life- the shedding episode simply sped it up.


Crash diet and hair loss

a crash diet of more than twenty pounds without the proper nutrition or supplements can expedite hair loss. If it is general shedding the lost hair may come back. However if you have family history of hair loss and the hair loss pattern that you get is androgenic alopecia the chances of hair growing back is very low. 

Michael Meshkin, MD
Newport Beach Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Crash diets and TE

Yes, crash diets can cause telogen effluvium, more so in women than in men.  Women who develop TE are often prone to this condition. 

William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Crash Diets and Hair Loss

Crash diets may cause telogen effluvium but may also cause hair loss due to lack of protein intake. Hair is almost 100% protein. Crash diets do not cause male or female pattern balding.

Brian Goertz, MD
Seattle Hair Restoration Surgeon
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