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Can vitamin B-12 and vitamin D3 deficiency cause hair loss?

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Posted on Mon, 25 Jul 2016
Question: Hi Doctor,

I have been diagnosed of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D3 deficiency.
Vitamin B12-191 pg/ml
Vitamin D3 -8.49 ng/ml
Doctor has advised to take Nurokind D3 (1500mcg) and Cholecalciferol Chewable Tablet 60000 IU.
I am taking one tablet of Nurokind D3 every morning after breakfast.Its about a week that I have been taking Nurokind D3 tablets.Doc has advised for Cholecalciferol Chewable Tablet 60000 IU once a week.

I have a history of frequent urination (9-10 time in day and 1-3 times at night).At times I feel the urge to urinate after 5 mins of passing urine. Ultrasound report have shown that I retain lot of urine in urinary bladder. Also, I have lost lot of hair. These are the only health issues I have.

I don't drink or smoke and do regular exercise and follow a good diet.

I have below queries:

1.Can Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D3 deficiency cause hair loss or hair whitening.
I already have lost hair and have white hair & beard, however I see more of it now.

1.I am 32 years and my wife is 30.We have been trying for baby for 6 months with no success. Can Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D3 deficiency cause fertility problems.

2.I am feeling drowsiness, sleepy and tiredness after taking Nurokind D3 tablet for a week. I see this effect more when I take this medicine after having egg in breakfast.I haven't taken Cholecalciferol till now. Can Nurokind D3 have this kind of Side-effect. Shall I continue using it or stop it?

3.Can Nurokind D3 and Cholecalciferol decrease chances for having a baby.

Please respond ASAP.

Thanks, XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Vitamin B12 for brain, Vit D for bones

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for posting your query at HealthcareMagic.

Vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiency are very common especially in vegetarians.

I have read your query. I need to know what other tests have you done and the report.

Currently you have loss of hair, whitening of hair, inability to conceive for just half year, vitamin B12 and D deficiency. These put together point to some infection of gut (causing systemic infection) like typhoid. Dry skin and fungal infections can also cause such symptoms. Taking cleaner water (from RO system) and hygienic, nutritious food at all times will definitely help you.

If these symptoms are taken separately, then also these are not worrisome.

Workup of infertility is started only after inability to conceive for atleast 1 year. Most couples conceive within 1-2 years of regular uninterrupted sexual intercourse.

Now coming to your specific questions:
1.Can Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D3 deficiency cause hair loss or hair whitening.
I already have lost hair and have white hair & beard, however I see more of it now.
These may have a common cause like infection of gut. Otherwise I dont think vit B12, D deficiency can cause these symptoms.

1.I am 32 years and my wife is 30.We have been trying for baby for 6 months with no success. Can Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D3 deficiency cause fertility problems.
No these cannot cause infertility.

2.I am feeling drowsiness, sleepy and tiredness after taking Nurokind D3 tablet for a week. I see this effect more when I take this medicine after having egg in breakfast.I haven't taken Cholecalciferol till now. Can Nurokind D3 have this kind of Side-effect. Shall I continue using it or stop it?

You are experiencing symptoms of excess of it. You should take a lower dose. For now stop and start again after 2 weeks. Either take Nurokind D3 (1500mcg) every day or Cholecalciferol Chewable Tablet 60000 IU weekly/biweekly.

3.Can Nurokind D3 and Cholecalciferol decrease chances for having a baby.
Excess of these may cause certain symptoms like sleepiness, irritability, poor appetite, muscle spasms, bone pain, etc. But infertility is not a known side effect of excessive vitamin D.

Hope it clears your doubts.
Dr Vaishalee

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Can vitamin B-12 and vitamin D3 deficiency cause hair loss?

Brief Answer: Vitamin B12 for brain, Vit D for bones Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for posting your query at HealthcareMagic. Vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiency are very common especially in vegetarians. I have read your query. I need to know what other tests have you done and the report. Currently you have loss of hair, whitening of hair, inability to conceive for just half year, vitamin B12 and D deficiency. These put together point to some infection of gut (causing systemic infection) like typhoid. Dry skin and fungal infections can also cause such symptoms. Taking cleaner water (from RO system) and hygienic, nutritious food at all times will definitely help you. If these symptoms are taken separately, then also these are not worrisome. Workup of infertility is started only after inability to conceive for atleast 1 year. Most couples conceive within 1-2 years of regular uninterrupted sexual intercourse. Now coming to your specific questions: 1.Can Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D3 deficiency cause hair loss or hair whitening. I already have lost hair and have white hair & beard, however I see more of it now. These may have a common cause like infection of gut. Otherwise I dont think vit B12, D deficiency can cause these symptoms. 1.I am 32 years and my wife is 30.We have been trying for baby for 6 months with no success. Can Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D3 deficiency cause fertility problems. No these cannot cause infertility. 2.I am feeling drowsiness, sleepy and tiredness after taking Nurokind D3 tablet for a week. I see this effect more when I take this medicine after having egg in breakfast.I haven't taken Cholecalciferol till now. Can Nurokind D3 have this kind of Side-effect. Shall I continue using it or stop it? You are experiencing symptoms of excess of it. You should take a lower dose. For now stop and start again after 2 weeks. Either take Nurokind D3 (1500mcg) every day or Cholecalciferol Chewable Tablet 60000 IU weekly/biweekly. 3.Can Nurokind D3 and Cholecalciferol decrease chances for having a baby. Excess of these may cause certain symptoms like sleepiness, irritability, poor appetite, muscle spasms, bone pain, etc. But infertility is not a known side effect of excessive vitamin D. Hope it clears your doubts. Dr Vaishalee