Straight Talk With Danice

Danice Akiyoshi

Danice Akiyoshi

By Danice Akiyoshi, N.D.

Dear Dr. Akiyoshi:

I am only 41 years old and my hair is falling out.  I have tried every expensive hair restoration product I can find, but they aren’t working.  I have lost about thirty five pounds in the last year and I exercise five days a week.  I eat well and my female cycle is regular.  I feel I am healthy.  My doctor can’t find anything wrong with me other than allergies and sinus problems.  A friend at the gym said she started taking Biotin when her hair got thin during Menopause and that it helped her.  Do you believe this?

-Heather H.


Hi, Heather:

Yes, I am a fan of Biotin.  I use it myself and I feel it makes my hair nice and thick, but I know a few people who feel that it made no difference for them. Everyone responds to things differently.  Weight loss can often result in hair loss if it happens too rapidly.  Is this true in your case?  Did you make sure that you got an adequate amount of protein as you were reducing your food intake?  A lack of protein can easily cause hair loss and muscle wasting.  Blood work is probably in order.  Maybe you should also consult a nutritionist.  Of course stress can also play a role, too.  Good Luck, Heather.

-Danice Akiyoshi, N.D.

Danice Akiyoshi is a Naturopathic Doctor and the head of Candid Coaching Service. She offers personal coaching services relating to all types of issues and c03oncerns. This is a letter she received from an anonymous reader. To send a question to Danice, email her at You can also visit her website at