Diabetes and its Effect on Hair Loss
You don’t want to lose your hair because of Diabetes. Sometime a significant amount of hair loss can be the result of the development of diabetes in the individual. If a person is losing a significant quantity of hair, and there is no other obvious explanation, it would be wise to consult a doctor or medical professional. Diabetes is a medical condition that is related to hormonal imbalance and quite often the first place this imbalance will manifest itself is in the loss of hair. These are the linkages between hair loss and diabetes:
- Diabetes can result in poor blood circulation. This, in turn, can affect the ability of hair follicles to operate normally. Under normal conditions, hair grows for 2-6 years and then it goes into a period of dormancy. Eventually the hair dies and falls out as a new strand is produced in the follicle to push it out. When blood circulation is poor, the follicle is not producing a new strand as normal, the old strand dies and falls out, and there is no replacement hair. Further, strands tend to die and fall out more quickly when blood circulation to the head area is poor. Therefore, more hair falls out and is not replaced, creating much thinner hair.
- Diabetics are more susceptible to skin conditions, and skin conditions on the scalp can cause hair loss. Both bacterial and fungal infections of the scalp can interrupt the normal growth process of hair.
- The medication often prescribed and taken for diabetes can interrupt the normal cycle of hair growth. More often, this is reversed as the body adjusts to the medication, but anyone beginning medications should be aware of this.
Diabetes causes both physiological and psychological stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are direct factors in hair loss. Dehydration is a factor as well. When coupled with stress, it can be a killer for hair. If you have hair loss related to diabetes, here are some helpful suggestions:
- Wait to see if the condition will right itself once you have been on your medication for some time. This may take a few or more months.
- Keep your body hydrated. Eight glasses (8 0z. each) should be consumed daily, no matter what other liquids you consume.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise increases blood circulation, and your head will be a recipient of that increased circulation. Your follicles will love you for it.
- Try Yoga or some other form of relaxation to relieve stress and anxiety. Diabetes is a significant diagnosis and a life-changing illness. Follow your physician’s instructions carefully and continue to do those things that you know are good for your general health. Hair health is affected by all that you do and consume.
Source by Lachlan Quarry