Interview transcription:

We interviewed Dr Penelope Pratsou to learn if protein intake is important if you have hair loss. 

Because your hair and your bones rely a lot on macronutrient protein, is that an important thing to keep up? 

Penelope Pratsou:I would say that as long as you have a healthy diet that involves a good level of protein, there’s nothing specific that you would need to change to promote healthy hair growth. Certainly, there are no specific supplements that I would encourage you to take unless there was something you lacked in terms of nutrients; but we are talking more about Vitamin D, iron or zinc levels. Other than that, as long as you are following a healthy lifestyle to promote healthy hair growth and nail growth, then that’s absolutely fine.

If you notice that you have any of the symptoms or conditions that we’ve just discussed, we invite you to book a consultation with Dr Penelope Pratsou. She’ll be able to assess your condition and give you a personalised treatment plan.

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About the author

Dr Penelope Pratsou | Consultant Dermatologist

MBChB, MRCP (UK) (Dermatology)

I’m Dr Penelope Pratsou, a skilled independent Consultant Dermatologist based in Berkshire. I have specialist expertise in the diagnosis and management of all skin cancers, and in performing mole checks. I’m a trained skin surgeon and remove skin cancers, moles, skin tags, cysts and warts.

I also have invaluable experience in dealing with all skin conditions, from the common skin complaints of acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, to the rarer and more complex skin problems, having seen it all through years of NHS work.

After I obtained my Membership to the Royal College of Physicians, I undertook rigorous specialist training in dermatology, before being appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. There, I helped set up and lead a busy clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of suspected skin cancer. I was also actively involved in supervising and training both dermatology and GP trainees.

Alongside my increasingly busy private practice, I have maintained an NHS practice in Oxford in order to continue to engage with challenging cases and to develop my specialist interest in skin allergy.