Diabetes and Hair Loss

By I_will_fight_it Latest Reply 2013-01-09 13:01:27 -0600
Started 2013-01-05 21:03:16 -0600

Good afternoon everyone.

I sew there were already some topics about hair loss but I did not find any actual suggestions as of how to stop it.
After being diagnosed less then 2 months ago I started losing my hair, before it was just a bit more then usual but for the last two weeks it is just a catastrophe! I lost 3/4 of the amount of hair I had, and it is chunks of hair any time I simply touch it. I always had nice shiny thick hair and now I need a wig!! Please help! I started taking Biotin and applying Rogaine but it does not seems to help to save my hair from falling out.I understand walking with high sugars for a while without knowing it did it "business" but just thinking about how much crap his disease can do to your body drives me insane:(

Do I really need to count on wearing a wig until it grows back?

Please share your advices/thoughts

7 replies

MAYS 2013-01-07 19:57:34 -0600 Report

Hello and Welcome to the family!

Here are some links that may interest you concerning diabetes and hair loss:



Aince diabetes, and the growth of components of the human body are both controlled and dictated by the endocrine system, of which the pancreas and other glands and organs are a part of, it would be wise of you to consult with an Endocrinologist about this, you may have an issue with your thyroid gland, at the same time you get further information and help concerning your individual case of diabetes.

I hope that everything works out well for you!


roxiekb 2013-01-09 13:01:27 -0600 Report

I also have been noticing a thinning of my hair and wondered if the metformin was causing this. I definitely need some help.

jayabee52 2013-01-06 01:45:55 -0600 Report

Having been here for 4+ yrs I remember ppl talking about hair falling out in bunches so I did a DC search on hair falling out and I found a discussion from 2011: ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/10...

The particliar thread is found here:

>>0tina0 May 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm
I don't hate anything…my boys were never allowed to use that word. So I will list dis-likes…(some more than others)
1. I really dislike being tired…I need energy to keep up with my grandsons and sometimes I just don't have enough.
2. I dislike my hair falling out in handfulls.
3. I dislike the zoning out and memory loss from being low…even tho my family is greatly amused.
4. I dislike (with a passion) the wrinkles being 55 brings…I know it has nothing to do with my diabetes…but I dislike it all the same.
5. I dislike stupid people…I almost hate them but …
Enough for now…cuz' I am sort of zoning out…

reply cavie2 May 13, 2011 at 1:39 am
I can relate to the hair falling out in handfulls I was on Piaglitazone for 6 months and when I was put on insulin in February they stopped the Piaglitazone. I checked the Internet and it is known to cause chronic hair loss but Metformin can cause hair loss as well but not like Piaglitazone. I spoke to Jayabee52 about this a while back and mentioned hair products (Doo Gro) that I started on 13th Dec last year and my hair is growing back at the rate of 1 inch a month I also use pure coconut oil on my hair either solid or melted (just a little rubbed into scalp).
Coming from the UK I don't pay for any medication so I can afford to pay for these things so I know it would be an added expense for you. But they can be checked out on the internet, and they do work. I am one of the most sceptical people around who thinks everyone is out to con you but I took the risk to try them and I am soooo glad I did. <<

The whole search for "hair falling out" may be found here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?query=h...=

I am beginning to wonder if some of those suppliments may have that side effect on you.

IronOre 2013-01-05 23:29:54 -0600 Report

I never heard of hair loss being related to diabetes.
if I was you I would consider having you thyroid checked. Many diabetics have thyroid issues because they are related to each other. Thyroid issues definitely cause hair loss, but nothing what you described (chunks!).
I assume that it has to do with an issue that you do not know yet.

manapua72 2013-01-05 22:40:17 -0600 Report

Been diabetic 10 years … Under lots of stress , health issues but hair loss isn't one if them … Know soooo many diabetics and none have hair loss issues … I hope u find the cause of your hair loss … Diabetes is terrible … Yet u r the first to say it cause hair loss … I check Internet and talk to my doc next time I see him …

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-05 21:17:28 -0600 Report

Have you talked to your doctor. Stress can cause hair loss? Medications can contribute to hair loss as well. I have not experienced that problem. You said in a previous post you were taking supplements. They can cause that also. This disease only causes problems if you do not take proper care of yourself.

What you should do is take a list of everything you are taking to your doctor and include the biotin and rogaine. Some of these medications could be working against each other and your body. This is why you should always let your doctor know what you are taking and you should address all medical questions to him or her. What may be working for someone else may not work for you at all.

I_will_fight_it 2013-01-05 22:21:37 -0600 Report

I am going to talk to her next week, I have a very stressfull job and also my aunt died in September so I think stress really contributed to my hair loss but diabetes is the main cause, because it has started before I was even diagnosed, it was getting worse and worse slowly.
I already took everything I am taking now to my doctor before I started taking it at all, I dont just swallow pills without knowing anything at all. Plus I read about it a lot, plus my mom talked to the doctors as well. Rogaine is the only thing I am applying without prior talking to my doctor. I also read(here) that lots of people experienced hair loss but then it usually grows back, cant find the topic:(

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