So I just read somewhere that gluten allergies are linked to alopecia in some cases. Has anyone one else had any experience with this where your hair actually grew back once you went gluten free? I have some other stomach problems where that may indicate a gluten allergy so I was considering going gluten free for a while. But if my hair grows back that would definitely be a plus.

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Comment by Laura Adams on February 16, 2014 at 8:12pm

I am 35, have had alopecia Univ. for 18 years, and was diagnosed with Celiac in November 2013. I personally believe that there MUST be some connection, as they are both autoimmune. 

Comment by lauren on February 16, 2014 at 10:00pm

Has any of your hair grown back from going gluten free? 

Comment by Laura Adams on February 17, 2014 at 7:03am

No it has not, not yet anyway. :/

Comment by Laura Adams on February 17, 2014 at 7:04am

Here's an article I found about a potential link: http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/symptomsofceliacdisease/a/Alopeci...

Comment by Laura Adams on February 17, 2014 at 7:07am

one more: http://www.livingwithout.com/blog/losing_your_hair-2989-1.html   - on alopecia and gluten sensitivty and a possible link. Hope this helps!

Comment by Dominique on February 24, 2014 at 7:26am

I've heard a lot of similar things and have at least one aquaintence with alopecia who's hair grew back after going gluten free. I love pasta and am not quite at the point where I'm willing to give it a proper go... shows you how much  like pasta I suppose.
Laura - I'd be interested to hear if you do get any hair back :)

Comment by H's Mum on February 26, 2014 at 4:32pm

My daughter, then 13, lost two-thirds of her hair 18 months ago.  Tests showed nothing abnormal.  Dermotologist could not come up with a suitable treatment.  In desperation I trawled the internet looking for alternative treatments and found some information on diet/nutrition.  We have gone one step further than gluten free and are following the GAPS diet.  It is quite hard work, but once you establish a good routine it's not so bad.  The main thing is that the results have been AMAZING.  Within three weeks her hair started to grow back and now three months later it is all back.

Comment by lauren on February 26, 2014 at 4:47pm

The thing that make me think changing my diet wouldn't work is that I started losing hair around 1 or 2 years old and my stomach problems didn't come around until I was in college. Doctors told me it was stress related and didn't go to much in depth with testing

Comment by H's Mum on February 26, 2014 at 5:24pm

I read up lots about "leaky gut".  My daughter has always had unexplained stomach aches, which have virtually disappeared since starting GAPS.  We were told by doctors the AA was likely to be stress related and offered an appointment with a psychiatrist - the only stress in her life was losing her hair!  The Paleo diet and SCD diet follow similar principles.

Comment by lauren on February 26, 2014 at 6:47pm

I have been diagnosed with IBS at 18 and had no stomach problems before then.

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