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Hair Loss and High Blood Sugar

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One of the potential side effects of having diabetes is hair loss. There are a few reasons why this occurs and it may be either a temporary or permanent condition. It can depend on how well you manage your Type 2 diabetes.

Hair loss can be caused when your hormones are not properly balanced. However, it's important to understand unstable blood sugar is not the only cause of hair loss. It can be hereditary or you could have other health issues solely or jointly to blame.

If diabetes is the cause of you losing your hair and you return your hormones to a stable level, it should stop and, in many cases, hair growth returns to normal. If your immune system is hindered in any way, this may also lead to hair loss.

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You need good blood flow and circulation because that is what your hair follicles rely on to grow new strands. If the follicles don't get enough blood flow, they will often stop growing and as well, new strands will not be produced. If enough follicles lose their blood supply, your hair will thin out and you will slowly go bald if nothing is done to stop this from continuing.

Type 2 diabetes itself isn't always a cause for hair loss BUT your reaction to receiving a diagnosis of diabetes can be a cause. For example, when you are first diagnosed, it's a highly stressful moment. Over time, if your blood sugar isn't well controlled, you may become very stressed, anxious and even depressed about your condition and these symptoms can lead to hair loss.

Because diabetics take longer to heal if they have cuts, bruises or wounds, this also leads to a reduction in the rate of hair growth because this is also considered part of your recovery rate. A typical person loses 50 to 100 strands of hair each day. If your hair loss increases and the re-growth speed decreases, it's easy to become thin on top, or go bald over a reasonable amount of time.

If you are concerned about hair loss, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor as there are ways to treat the condition.

If you don't eat enough protein, your hair can't keep growing because hair is made from protein. So, again, it comes back to your diet and the nutrition you require.

Other causes of hair loss can include:

  • cancer treatments,
  • pregnancy,
  • the birth control pill,
  • low iron levels,
  • certain medications,
  • some major surgical procedures (partly due to stress), and
  • severe infections.

If you are losing your hair and you don't have Type 2 diabetes or any other serious medical condition, it is wise you do visit your doctor because this could be an early indicator of Type 2 diabetes or another serious health issue. It's easier to treat a health problem in the early stages than later in the disease.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making easy changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate some of the complications you may already experience, and this could include slowing down hair loss.

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