You are experiencing hair loss and are concerned about it. Can this be diabetic hair loss? You’re curious whether diabetes or insulin resistance is a factor, and if so, how to address the problem. Today, we’ll discuss the causes and treatments for hair loss, even if you have diabetes or insulin resistance. What does diabetes or insulin resistance have to do with hair loss, you ask? A great deal!
Stress, hormones, high blood sugar levels, and underlying health conditions such as diabetes or PCOS, thyroid problems, and so on can all have an impact on hair growth. If you have diabetes, your body either does not produce insulin or does not use it effectively. How do high insulin levels contribute to hair loss? Women with insulin resistance and/or PCOS, for example, typically have high levels of testosterone-induced by high insulin levels, which can cause hair loss. Testosterone is eventually converted into dihydrotestosterone, which is ultimately responsible for hair loss. If a woman or a man is insulin resistant, they produce more DHT.
You will also have high blood sugar if you do not have insulin or if it is not used effectively. Excess sugar can harm organs throughout your body, including your eyes, nerves, and kidneys. It can also cause blood vessel damage. These vessels transport oxygen throughout your body, nourishing organs and tissues. Blood vessels that are damaged may not be able to deliver enough oxygen to your hair follicles. This lack of oxygen has the potential to disrupt your normal hair growth cycle. Hair follicles are especially vulnerable to nutrient deficiency, so hair loss is unavoidable if blood vessels carrying nutrition do not meet the needs.
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Diabetes and the hair growth cycle
Typically, hair goes through three stages. Diabetes can disrupt this process, slowing hair growth. Diabetes can also cause you to lose more hair than you normally would. That thinning hair isn’t just on your head. Hair loss can occur on your arms, legs, and other body parts. When hair regrows, it does so at a slower rate than usual. Hair loss in your arms and legs is especially important to report to your doctor because it could be an indication of poor blood flow, which can lead to ulcers or even amputation if left untreated.
People with type 1 diabetes, on the other hand, are more likely to suffer from alopecia areata, which causes total hair loss in patches. The immune system attacks the hair follicles in alopecia, resulting in patches of hair loss on the head and other parts of the body.
Diabetes can cause hair loss, but you may also lose hair as a result of stress from living with a chronic illness or from diabetes medications. Some diabetics have thyroid disease, which can contribute to hair loss.
Hair loss can be reversed in some cases. There are several remedies and treatments available, some of which differ for men and women.
The most effective way to do this is to keep blood sugar levels under control and manage stress.
Anyone can control their blood sugar levels by regularly monitoring them, taking all medications and supplements, such as SugarMD Diavitamin, which contains all of the essential vitamins and nutrients your hair requires, as well as eating a balanced and healthful diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress. Let’s take a look at each of these and how they can help you recover from hair loss.
How can you help to reduce and manage stress to prevent hair loss due to diabetes?
Seeking the support of friends and family, seeking counseling, and employing relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep-breathing exercises can all be beneficial.
If your hair loss is caused by diabetes, you may need to change your diet, lifestyle, or medication to improve your blood sugar control. Monitor your blood sugar more frequently and record it in the sugarMD app, which allows you to do a variety of analyzing, reporting, and sharing. You should notice a reduction in hair loss once your diabetes is under control. You’ll lose fewer hairs and regrow more of the ones you’ve already lost. The problem with diabetes is that it causes you to lose vitamins and minerals, especially if it is uncontrolled. You will be deficient before you know it unless you replenish it, particularly benfotiamine, B complex vitamins such as biotin, Vitamin D, and so on.
Make sure you’re getting enough Biotin to prevent Diabetic Hair Loss!
Biotin is a vitamin that can be found in foods such as peanuts, almonds, sweet potatoes, eggs, onions, and oats. Diabetes patients may have lower-than-normal biotin levels. Because you are diabetic, I would recommend getting it from almonds rather than sweet potatoes.
There is some evidence that taking biotin supplements orally may help to slow hair loss. The recommended adequate intake for adults is 300 micrograms per day, but some supplements (not our sugarMD diavitamin) contain much higher amounts, which can affect your thyroid test results. So, if you are taking more than 5000 mcg of biotin, inform your doctor before having a thyroid test.
An Intriguing trace mineral to think about: Silicon dioxide (SiO2)
Also known as silica, Silicon dioxide is a naturally occurring trace mineral composed of silicon and oxygen. It occurs naturally in a variety of plants, including leafy greens and whole grains. It’s also used as a filler in a lot of supplements.
While there is no scientific evidence that silica can reverse hair loss, it has been found to help strengthen hair, among other benefits.
Also, don’t underestimate the importance of exercise. Wait a minute, did I say exercise to make your hair grow faster? I believe I just did.
Although exercise will not stop diabetic hair loss, it will help the body maintain proper blood circulation. Exercise on a regular basis can help increase blood flow to various parts of the body, including the hair follicles and the upper and lower extremities. It can also aid in the control of blood sugar levels. So, yes, exercise can help prevent hair loss indirectly.
What medications can help with hair loss?
Your diabetes doctor may prescribe a topical medication such as minoxidil (Rogaine), which you apply to your scalp and other areas of hair loss. To regrow hair, men can take a pill called finasteride (Propecia). I also use it off-label for women at a lower dose on occasion. In women, we sometimes use Aldactone or spironolactone to block the action of testosterone.
Wigs are your last resort, but they are an option.
If your diabetic hair loss affects a large area of your scalp, you may want to cover it temporarily with a wig or hairpiece. The cost is reasonable, and you can take the wig off when you no longer require it. I hope that by watching this video, you will never get to that point!
So, everyone, thank you for tuning in. We’ll catch up with you in the next article.