Retrospective Analysis of Nutrition Status for Asian Female Pattern Hair Loss Patients

  • Akiko Kaneko


Hair follicle cells have a high rate of turnover. Therefore, nutritional deficiency or excess can influence hair condition and cause hair loss. Some studies have shown an association between certain nutritional deficiency or excess and female pattern hair loss (FPHL). This study investigated the nutritional status of Asian FPHL patients through laboratory blood tests.

A retrospective chart review of 285 premenopausal FPHL patients was performed. Serum ferritin, serum zinc, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), albumin, and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels measured with laboratory blood tests were analyzed. Iron deficiency was found in 21.1%, zinc insufficiency was found in 18%, low ALP level was found in 1.8%, dyslipidemia was found in 2.5%, low albumin was found in 1.8%, and low BUN was seen in 7.4%. These findings suggest that FPHL patients might have nutritional imbalances that could interrupt healthy hair growth. Adjustment of personalized nutritional status may support appropriate hair growth.


Female pattern hair loss Nutrition Iron Zinc Protein 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bona Dea ClinicYokohamaJapan

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