If you are a diabetic, you are accustomed to keeping a close tab on certain attributes of your appearance and your overall health. But there is one area where you might have noticed a change, but have not made a clear connection to a cause. That area involves hair loss, or even hair thinning.
While hair loss can be experienced on virtually any part of the body, the primary areas an individual may experience loss of hair, is on their head. While it is a major source of concern for men, as you can imagine hair loss in women can be understandably even more upsetting.
Why does diabetes have such a direct impact on hair loss? It all has to do with hormones. Since diabetes is a disease affecting hormones, it only makes sense that it would impact certain areas of manufacturing in the body… such as hair production. We all lose some hair every day as part of the cycle of our bodies, but when hormones become unbalanced from diabetes, the level of hair loss can far exceed the normal amount.
Hair loss can be a sign of diabetes, especially if you have other issues associated with Type 2 diabetes… it is often present in individuals who are not even aware they have Type 2 diabetes. The other issues could include:
frequent trips to the bathroom,
weakness and fatigue,
wanting to munch all day
If you are experiencing excessive hair loss out of the ordinary and have some of the above issues, visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Hair requires a healthy blood flow just as any other part of the body does. As any diabetic knows, diabetes has the propensity to decrease blood flow. While this is serious for any part of the body, it is especially noticeable in hair growth. Decreased blood circulation, on top of hormonal shifts, is a recipe for decreased hair production.
Another common area where individuals may notice hair loss more is on the lower legs, from the calves all the way down to the ankles. This goes for men, as well as women. Ironically, men will notice their hair loss more on the legs while women will notice it more on their head.
Medications prescribed to diabetics will actually cause hair loss (or in some extreme cases, regrow hair). Unfortunately, some prescribed medications will cause hair loss, a devastating side effect to an already serious concern. If you are already experiencing hair loss talk to your doctor about alternate forms of medication.
Stress also has an extreme effect on Type 2 diabetes as well as hair loss. Keeping high stress levels at bay will reward you in many different areas of your health, including your hair.
Green drinks: are they an answer for Type 2 diabetics? A study published in 2001 in the Journal of Medicinal Food, showed the benefit Type 2 diabetics received from taking spirulina on a daily basis. Diabetics in this study showed:
a lowering of fasting blood sugar and postprandial blood sugar
a significant reduction in their HbA1c level,
lowered levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and
a slight increase in the HDL or “good” cholesterol
Green drinks are loaded with minerals that have been shown to help your hair and nails. The minerals also support your glucose metabolism.
If you are not fussed on green drinks, some brands are available as capsules.
Before adding any superfoods to your daily regimen, check with your doctor to make sure there are no possible bad interactions with medications you are already taking.