By Nyu-chan Latest Reply 2011-07-10 07:37:38 -0500
Started 2011-07-09 22:47:54 -0500

#1. Can diabetes affect your hair? If so… how? What do I need to do to protect it?

#2. Can diabetes affect you in the heat? I was out in the heat for not very long, maybe a minute or two, and when I came in… I felt a little sick.

#3. Does diabetes cause your throat to be claustrophobic? After I found out I had type 2 diabetes from last year of December, I would eat certen breads, and it made my throat close up, but I could breathe. Now, I have noticed it doing it again, but I know that it is caused by stressed.

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JoleneAL 2011-07-10 07:37:38 -0500 Report

My hair dresser noticed my hair was thinning before I was diagnosed. Knowing I'm also a thyroid patient, she mentioned it. After I told her I was also a T2, she said that was why. My hair, because of both conditions, has gone from thick and full to thin and flat.

As for the heat - I can miss going low if too warm; happened last night in fact. But everyone is different and you have to learn how it effects you.

As for the bread - sounds like you have allergies or a gluten issue.

cavie2 2011-07-10 02:00:41 -0500 Report

The sun always affects me and I feel the same as you after a few minutes but I can't say it is the diabetes causing that as the sun has always had that affect on me, and have never had the throat problem although I often have dry mouth syndrome but that seems a normal reaction for diabetics in general. I am sure you will get lots of advice from those that have had diabetes for longer I have only been diagnosed since last July.

cavie2 2011-07-10 01:56:57 -0500 Report

Diabetes can affect your hair as in hair loss depending on the medication you are on there have been a few discussions on this subject and I have said the same thing in all of them I was on Piaglitazone and my hair started falling out by the handfull i lost nearly one third of my hair altogether and checked the medication on the internet to find the worst side affect was chronic hair loss found Doo Gro products on the internet and checked out UK suppliers and started on them on 13th Dec 2010 they claim doo gro products make your hair grown between 12 -15 inches a year instead of the norm which is around 6 inches. Never saw anything for the first 8 weeks and thought it was another fraudulent claim to get you to buy the stuff but persevered and looking in the mirror one day I noticed at my temples and along my shed line I had hair sprouting out it stood straight up and was very noticeable. Have been on the products now for 7 months (shampoo, conditioner, revitalizer, stimulating hair oil, and triple strength anti breakage lotion) and my hair growth is ranging from about half an inch to nearly 7 inches in length. It just keeps growing all over my head continuously I still don't have it all back but have learned to put my hair in a ponytail or sweep it up to hide the fact that it is sparse in places. But first thing every morning when I wake up and look in the mirror I look like a hedgehog with hair sticking up all over the place at different lengths top and sides, (can't see the back) to keep it all in place i have to use hairspray to keep the unruly little suckers down.

camerashy 2011-07-09 23:17:38 -0500 Report

Diabetes affects every cell in your body. I'm fortunate that it hasn't made my hair worse than it's always been. I look like I'm wearing a really bad wig.
It's easier for some diabetics to have problems caused by heat AND cold. This time of year is hard on us for a number of reasons, one of those being dehydration. I found out about that just the other day.
Diabetes wouldn't cause your throat to swell, but you could have developed allergies you didn't have previously - I did, and they're mostly food-related.