Diabetes Can Lead to Hair Loss in Women™

The connection between hair loss and diabetes in women was discovered many years ago. The condition of diabetes is hormone related and affects glucose levels in the blood which increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks and leads to peripheral vascular problems and hair loss. As hair loss can be a warning sign of diabetes it should be regarded seriously.

Anybody with a family history of diabetes who is experiencing hair loss or thinning hair should see a doctor for a comprehensive checkup.

Diabetes in women causes hormonal disturbances and ultimately hair loss. Loss of hair is common in people under stress and fluctuating hormone levels during pregnancy, menopause or diabetes.

The body's circulatory system is affected by diabetes and decreased circulation means that there is improper functioning of affected body parts. If the scalp has poor blood circulation, growth of hair and hair follicles can not be stimulated and may begin dying and falling out.

Women with diabetes can experience significant levels of stress and the resulting hair loss might be indirectly linked to stress more than diabetes itself.

Some diabetics take numerous medications to control their diabetes and certain of these medications can cause loss of hair in some women. Should anyone start losing hair or see hair thinning out after commencing medication for diabetes, consult a doctor as there may be other suitable medications that won't result in hair falling out.

The inability of the body to combat certain fungal diseases can also cause hair loss in diabetics - ringworm, other types of fungus or bacteria can cause patchy hair loss in diabetic women. Diabetes impedes the body's reaction to infection, cuts or sores on the skin and diabetics take longer to heal than normal.

Autoimmune diseases that may accompany diabetes play a significant role in hair loss - skin rashes, thyroid dysfunction and pernicious anemia could all be present in diabetics and these conditions may cause loss of hair in women. A doctor should always be consulted in these instances.€™t

by Bob Cotto

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