Hair loss is part of everyone’s natural hair loss cycle, but your locks can appear less full due to aging, iron deficiency, stress, and even seasonal changes.
If you notice that your hair appears noticeably lighter and falls out more when brushing or running your fingers through it, this may indicate something more serious is happening to your health.
Dr. Greg Veda, Harley Street Hair Clinic surgeon and hair loss expert, said hair loss is an unknown symptom of diabetes and explained that this condition, characterized by high blood sugar, can cause hair loss. in some cases.
Diabetes has been called the “silent killer” because many people with it don’t realize it because it often doesn’t show early symptoms. There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2, while type 1 is a lifelong condition in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Type 2 occurs when the body cannot produce enough of the hormone insulin and therefore their bodies do not produce enough insulin or their cells do not respond properly to insulin.
Because insulin carries sugar from the foods we eat out of the bloodstream and into our cells for storage or use as energy, a deficiency can lead to a buildup of excess blood sugar, according to the Harley Street Hair Clinic.
These high sugar levels can damage blood vessels. This is important for hair growth because blood vessels “carry oxygen throughout the body, and damaged blood vessels may not be able to deliver enough oxygen to nourish the hair follicles.”
Hair goes through a growth cycle consisting of four distinct phases: anagen phase, catagen phase, telogen phase, and exogenous phase, but diabetes can disrupt this natural process and slow down hair growth.
“Due to the alteration of the hair growth cycle, people with diabetes may lose more hair than usual,” the clinic added.
Although high blood sugar will not stop the growth cycle completely, people with this condition may notice that they are losing hair faster than they are growing, resulting in thinning.
Some diabetics may also suffer from alopecia areata, which is more common in people with type 1 diabetes, according to Medical News Today, and causes patchy hair loss on the head, arms, and other areas of the body.
The Harley Street Hair Clinic said that in people with diabetes, hair loss may not be directly related to the disease, but may be a side effect of the stress associated with the disease or the medications they take.