Do you know that hair loss can be a consequence of Diabetes? Most people know that people with diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, are more likely to have damage of the nerves, kidney, eyes, heart and blood vessels, but another result of diabetes may be hair loss.
Diabetes can cause a hormonal imbalance in the body. Just like the hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause, this imbalance may result in hair loss.
The circulatory system can be affected by diabetes causing less blood to circulate to the extremities, for example, the feet and the scalp. If the scalp is not receiving nutrients and oxygen from the blood, the result will be hair loss. In addition, this lack of circulation will prevent new hair growth.
Diabetes can weaken the immune system leading to susceptibility to conditions such as ringworm or fungal disease. These disorders can cause hair to fall out.
Skin rashes and thyroid dysfunction may result in massive hair loss as diabetes sufferers often experience autoimmune disease.
Healing and rejuvenation time is usually slower in people with diabetes. This may manifest in hair loss as diabetics cannot maintain a normal growth cycle of hair.
The growth phase of hair is called the anagen phase. The resting phase of hair is termed the telogen phase. In normal people only 5-15% of the hair is in the telogen phase at one time. Diabetes related hair loss is often attributed to telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is a disorder resulting when a physiologic stress or hormonal change like diabetes causes a large number of hairs to enter telogen at one time leading to diffused hair shedding.
Some drugs used to treat diabetes lead to hair loss. Talk to your doctor to see if your prescription can be modified. Do not discontinue your medicine without discussing it with your medical professional.
It is important to seek medical advice if you are experiencing unusual or extensive hair loss. For many people, hair loss begins before the actual diagnosis of diabetes. If your hair loss comes with other signs and symptoms, such as frequent urination, dry mouth, excessive thirst, low energy, or sudden eyesight issues, then the primary reason could be high blood sugar.
After you find out what is causing your hair loss you may want to consult a hair loss professional about the options available to camouflage your thinning hair.
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