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Hair Loss for Chronic Kidney Disease: Causes and Treatments

Hair Loss for Chronic Kidney Disease: Causes and Treatments“I am encountering Chronic Kidney Disease, and my hair has fallen out quite a lot. This nearly drives me crazy.” Do you have a similar experience? If yes, you must want to figure out the causes and treatments of hair loss for CKD patients.

Why does kidney disease patients’ hair fall out?

With the progress of kidney disease, patients have to follow a restricted diet plan and take various medications. Then, they lose hair easily.

On one hand, hair loss is one common side effects of certain medications such as enalapril, one anti-hypertensive medicine, steroid and immunosuppressants. If you are taking these medicines, determine whether they have this side effect with doctor’s help. On the other hand, a restricted diet plan may lead to malnutrition or zinc deficiency easily. Hair is made up of protein, and hair changes have a intimate link with zinc. When patients’ protein and zinc intake can’t meet the body’s need, a lot of hair will fall out.

How to manage hair loss for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease?

Since hair loss is related to nutrition intake, patients should firstly make sure their meal plan not only reduces the burden on kidneys but also meet patients’ daily needs. As for the protein intake, we give out the following recommendation.

In Stage 1 and 2 CKD, daily protein intake is about 0.8g/kg body weight;

In Stage 3 CKD, daily protein intake is 0.6~0.8 g/kg body weight;

In Stage 4 CKD, daily protein intake is about 0.4~0.6 g/kg body weight;

In Stage 5 CKD, daily protein intake is about 0.4 g/kg body weight, but if patients have begun dialysis, the intake amount can increase to 1.2 g/kg.

A low-protein diet can cause zinc deficiency easily, so enough protein intake is one guarantee for zinc intake. Besides, kidney disease patients can eat some beans, nuts, whole gains and so on, which are main sources of zinc in the body, according to their illness condition.

The last but not the least, patients should change their medications if hair loss is one side effects of their medicines. Of course, this should be done with doctor’s guidance. What’s more, one treatment that can help improve kidney function and reverse kidney damage is also needed. Ask the doctor online to find such a treatment directly.

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