I am Diabetic. Is That Why I am Losing Hair?


Blog, Hair loss | Dr Dhanraj Chavan | July 22, 2023

Can Diabetes Cause Hair Loss?

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What is Diabetes?

Can Diabetes Cause Hair Loss? 

Treatment for Hair Loss due to Diabetes 

Hair shedding is a natural phenomenon where 50-100 hair strands fall out each day from the follicles, and new hairs regrow. The hair growth cycle comprises three phases: growth, rest, and fall. Many external and internal factors tend to disturb this natural cycle leading to hair loss and baldness. Diabetes and hair loss are also connected and may lead to irreversible hair loss

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the body loses the ability to respond to the hormone insulin. This leads to abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates which increases glucose levels in the blood. The glucose does not reach the cells and causes serious health problems. Diabetes cannot be cured; however, steps to manage it can help you stay healthy. 

Can Diabetes Cause Hair Loss?

Diabetes can cause hair loss as it slows down the hair growth process. Below are the common causes of hair loss due to diabetes. 

  • High Blood Sugar Levels 

High sugar levels in the blood can damage hair tissues and restrict blood flow to the follicle leading to hair loss.

  • Hormones and Stress 

Diabetes causes both physical and mental stress, and when this happens, the body conserves the nutrients for vital functions and non-vital functioning as hair growth gets compromised. Fluctuation in the levels of hormones can also affect hair growth and cause hair loss. 

  • Alopecia Areata 

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the hair follicle, making hair fall. It is commonly seen to occur alongside diabetes. 

Treatment for Hair Loss due to Diabetes

Hair loss due to diabetes is reversible in some cases. There are several treatments available to slow down the hair loss process. Blood sugar levels must be checked regularly to keep hair and health problems away. 

You can opt for the treatments listed below:

  • Medications 

Topical lotions like minoxidil and other hair growth serums and lotions can be used to slow down hair loss and promote hair growth. Other medications like finasteride can also be tried. 

  • Biotin 

Biotin levels must be maintained for proper hair growth. Eggs, avocado, cauliflower, chicken, fish, sweet potato and nuts must be consumed to keep your biotin levels high.

  • Hair Therapies 

Therapies and procedures like Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP), Dermaroller and Low-Level Laser Light can also be done to promote healthy, strong hair in patients with controlled sugars. 

  • Lifestyle Changes 

A proper exercise routine and a low glycemic diet must maintain blood sugar levels. Have a proper sleep schedule and avoid habits like smoking. Procedures like PRP mesotherapy and dermaroller can only be performed on patients with controlled sugar levels. 

If you are suffering from diabetes and hair loss, visit an expert dermatologist for the best treatment.

Are you looking for hair fall solution? Get in touch with the best of our hair doctors in Pune to cure your hair loss. To book an appointment for a hair treatment or hair transplantation, contact our dermatologists near you, call +919584584111.

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