March 24th is Diabetic Alert Day. The American Diabetes Association uses this day to raise awareness of this chronic condition.
Diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans. Its symptoms are various, and the changes your body experiences due to diabetes can have a serious effect on your physical and mental health. One of the more visible effects of diabetes is hair loss.
Due to the body’s ineffective management of insulin with diabetes, sugar builds in your blood. The extra sugar can prevent your blood from properly delivering oxygen to your organs and other body parts — including your hair follicles. This sometimes creates diabetic hair loss, and it can occur in both men and women.
What Happens During Diabetic Hair Loss?
Diabetes can interrupt the three-cycle process your body uses to create, grow, and shed hair. While it’s most noticeable on your head, diabetes can cause slow growth and hair loss anywhere else you typically grow hair as well.
Diabetics are also at greater risk for a condition called Alopecia Areata. Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. With alopecia, areata refers to a specific type of hair loss from an immune disorder, and it can cause you to lose hair in patches.
How To Prevent Hair Loss from Diabetes?
Rogaine (Minoxidil) is a prescription available for men and women, and its generic form costs less than $20 per month. This is a topical treatment your doctor can prescribe, possibly in addition to steroids. Men also have the option of a drug called Finasteride (which is commonly known as Propecia). It’s important to note that the side effects of corticosteroids cause many doctors to consider them for short-term use only, making them potentially impractical for preventing diabetic hair loss over time.
Additionally, you can pursue premium hair treatments and be mindful of the types of shampoo and conditioner you use to prevent hair loss. Biotin and vitamins can also help prevent diabetic hair loss.
If you have thyroid problems along with your diabetes, a low-gluten or gluten-free diet may be helpful, as some evidence suggests it decreases inflammation and hair loss. Ask your doctor to monitor your thyroid levels with blood tests to ensure you are able to properly treat this potential comorbidity. Blood tests for diabetics experiencing hair loss should also include iron levels, as low iron can contribute to hair loss, too.
Consider your hairstyles and hats, too. These factor can influence contribute to existing hair loss of any type.
- Tight braids
- Tight buns
- Tightly worn hats
- and more…
Will Hair Loss From Diabetes Grow Back?
Properly managing your blood sugar levels is the best way to maintain and regrow your hair. The American Diabetes Association recommends an A1c level of below 7 percent; 6.5 percent if aggressively treating diabetes.
Along with other symptoms of diabetes, this can prevent further hair loss and help you regrow some or all of your hair. Continue to monitor the condition, and if your doctor agrees to your desire for a free consultation, you may also wish to consider robotic hair restoration.
Why Choose Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island
We’ve had over 400 successful hair transplants here at Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island. More importantly, we’ve not experienced any complications.
“We’re proud of our track record in our Long Island community as being the first to offer the ARTAS® robotic FUE hair transplant procedure which ensures there are no errors during the process.”
Sound Too Good to Be True?
If you don’t believe us, we urge you to give us a call today and set up a free hair consultation with our certified surgeon, Dr. Baiju Gohil. We’re the first hair restoration practice with the ARTAS® technology on Long Island and we invite you to give us a call if you’re interested in learning more about how our robotic FUE hair transplant process. You can also reach out via our our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!