diabetesHaving diabetes means that your body either doesn’t produce insulin, doesn’t use insulin effectively, or both. Insulin is the hormone responsible for converting sugar in the bloodstream into energy that can be used elsewhere in the body, but when you don’t have enough, sugar can build up in the bloodstream.

This excess sugar can damage your blood vessels, which prevents them from carrying enough oxygen to your hair follicles. Without enough oxygen, your hair follicles won’t act the way they’re meant to, and you might see hair loss or lack of new hair growth.

What are the Treatment Options?

Luckily, it is possible to treat the hair loss associated with diabetes. If hair loss is caused by poor management of your diabetes, then talking to your doctor about how better to control the condition is a smart move.

If you’re already managing your diabetes well and still need help, the treatment options below might be appropriate.

Biotin Supplements

There’s evidence to suggest that people with diabetes might suffer from low levels of biotin, a vitamin which helps support healthy hair growth. Biotin can be taken as a daily supplement to encourage hair growth, but it’s best to seek advice from your doctor first.

Wigs and Hairpieces

If nothing seems to be improving your hair loss, wearing wigs is a great way to preserve your confidence and self-esteem. Wigs made from real hair offer the most realistic effect, and it’s unlikely that anyone will ever notice that you’re wearing a wig. There are several hair loss options available that are proven to work.

Experiencing hair loss as a result of your diabetes doesn’t have to be the end of the world. By working with your doctor to manage the condition and exploring hair loss treatment options, you can keep your hair looking exactly the way you want it.

At Transitions Hair Loss Centers, we know first-hand how hair loss can affect not only your appearance, but how it can affect your self-confidence and self-esteem in family, social and professional interactions. To find a center near you click here.

 

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Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/does-diabetes-cause-hair-loss#what-to-do

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20372932

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