Does vitamin d deficiency cause crown hair loss?

So my doctor told me I was vitamin d deficient, I was wondering if that was in any way related to the hair loss I was receiving on my crown.

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Vitamin D & Hair Loss

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No scientific evidence as of yet supports the fact that male patten baldness is influenced by Vitamin D Deficiency.  However, taking vitamin D as a supplement in the required daily dosage is of very little harm and thus cant hurt to take some do correct your deficiency.  However it most likely will not help with your hair loss.  You should probably discuss with a doctor the medical management of your hair loss.

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Vitamin D and Hair Loss

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Although vitamin D receptors have been know to play a role in hair growth in recent studies, there is no scientific evidence that connects patterned baldness to lack of vitamin D at this point.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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VItamin D and localized hair loss

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Vitamin D deficiency is not related to localized hair loss in the crown. In men, the most likely cause of hair loss in the crown, by far is genetic hair loss also called male pattern balding.

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist


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The most common cause of hair loss in men is genetic androgenic alopecia.  The hair loss is relatively easy to identify because you lose the hair in a "PATTERN".  That is why it is also known as Male Pattern Balding.

Balding crown is one of those "patterns".

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Vitamin D deficiency not likely the cause of your hair loss

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Vitamin D deficiency is not responsible for the loss of hair in the crown area.  It is beneficial to maintain adequate levels of Vitamin D, but low vitamin D will not contribute to focal hair loss.  Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss) is the likely source of thinning of your crown, and you will benefit from speaking with your doctor or hair restoration specialist to discuss ways to maintain or enhance your thinning areas.

Scott Boden, MD
Hartford Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Vit D deficiency and hair

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I agree with Drs Wasserbauer and Donovan. Vitamin D is important for hair health and growth but a deficiency would caused generalised problems not localised to the crown. Be sure to follow your doctors recommendations to get your levels back to normal as Vitamin D is necessary for healthy bones as well.

Greg Williams, FRCS (Plast)
London Hair Restoration Surgeon

Vitamin D and Hair loss

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Most vitamin deficiencies that cause hair loss (B-12, zinc, iron, D etc.) will cause it in a more diffuse pattern.  Crown loss can be many things, but it is most likely male pattern hair loss if you are a guy.  If this is the case, finasteride is your number one best friend for keeping the hair (or even regrowing it is you are still pretty young!)

Hope that helps!

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