Diabetes is a health condition which occurs when the body does not use insulin correctly. Common in both men and women, Diabetes UK estimated that some 400 people are diagnosed with the condition each day. Though it is best known for its effects on eye and heart health, diabetes is also linked with hair loss.
How does diabetes cause hair loss?
People who have diabetes often notice changes in their hair density and condition. High blood glucose levels can cause damage to the blood vessels, which affects the blood circulation. This limits the supply of nutrients to the hair follicles and results in slower growth and brittle, thin hair. Diabetes can trigger other health conditions linked with hair loss, including thyroid disorders and alopecia areata. Although thyroid disorders do not always cause hair loss, some people with this condition experience excess shedding. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder which causes round patches of hair loss. It usually develops on the scalp, but can also affect the eyebrows, beard and body hair. Finally, there is some evidence that people who have diabetes are more likely to develop the hereditary hair loss condition androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness).
Preventing diabetes-related hair loss
The most important step towards preventing diabetes-related hair loss is good management. This means making healthy lifestyle choices and taking medication as prescribed by your doctor. When it comes to treating the hair loss itself, there are several options available. Most diabetes sufferers can use the medicine minoxidil which helps to stimulate the follicles into producing new growth. Minoxidil can be used by itself or boosted with clinical solutions such as Low-Level Laser Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Mesotherapy.
Personalised treatment advice from Vinci Hair Clinic
If you are a diabetic who is experiencing hair loss, why not get in touch with Vinci Hair Clinic for advice? With more than 30 clinics around the world and thousands of satisfied clients, they are the experts in hair restoration. They offer a wide range of hair loss treatments and will provide you with honest recommendations that will help you get your hair back. For more information, contact Vinci Hair Clinic today and book your free, fully-confidential consultation.