Hair Loss and DiabetesDiabetes can remain undiagnosed for a long period of time. A sudden loss of hair is a common symptom of diabetes, and is often one of the first signs that prompt diabetes sufferers into seeking medical attention. Diabetes and severe hair loss are intrinsically linked for several reasons. Fortunately diabetes-based hair loss can be minimized and even prevented, providing patients are aware of the causes behind and the necessary steps to take to diminish this frightening and demoralizing side effect of diabetes.
Stress and Anxiety:
Severe stress and anxiety has been medically proven to cause hair loss at an alarmingly rapid rate. Naturally, those who have been diagnosed with diabetes are likely to experience increased psychological stress, which in turn, can result in hair loss.
Poor Blood Circulation:
The healthy circulation of blood is essential in maintaining the healthy production of hair. As diabetes causes poor blood circulation, the essential vitamins, minerals and oxygen required in stimulating hair re-growth are lacking, and consequently when old hair dies and falls out, new hair is not produced, resulting in thinning hair and even bald patches appearing. Additionally, when the scalp is starved of the vitamins and oxygen healthy blood circulation provides, hair follicles die and fall out at a much more rapid rate.
Diabetics can often suffer from skin conditions. As the glucose in the body attaches itself to the protein, it intensely affects the function and structure of the protein, making people with diabetes more susceptible to itchy and dry skin from fungal or bacterial infections. If a skin disorder affects the scalp it can disrupt the normal hair growth process, and may result in hair loss.
It is believed that the medication diabetics are put on can lead to diffused hair growth. Although each individual reacts differently to different types of medication, one side effect regularly reported is a sudden increase in hair loss.
An Autoimmune Problem:
Diabetes, particularly type 1 diabetes, can often lead to alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune conditions attack healthy cells and in doing so can disrupt the growth of hair cells, causing several bald patches to appear on the scalp.
Fortunately diabetes and hair loss is usually temporary but there are several steps diabetics should take to reduce the chances of experiencing extreme thinning of the hair and even bald patches from occurring.
1) As diabetes and hair loss is closely associated to poor blood circulation, taking plenty of regular exercise will increase blood circulation, particularly in the head, which will encourage the healthy growth of hair.
2) Hair loss tends to start at the onset of diabetes and progressively becomes more severe. Seeking medical advice early will help sufferers control and even prevent the problem from becoming worse.
3) As stress and anxiety is intrinsically linked to hair loss and diabetes, by regularly performing relaxation techniques, such as yoga and mediation, may help relieve stress and the unwanted side effects that go with it.
4) Keeping well hydrated by drinking plenty of water, as much as eight glasses a day, will encourage hair re-growth and lesson the likelihood of severe hair loss from occurring.