25 years old - Type 2 Diabetes - A lot of hair loss and thinning

By lisanc2005 Latest Reply 2014-02-05 22:16:01 -0600
Started 2013-02-21 18:25:12 -0600

Ok So I have Diabetes Type 2. I am a female and I am 25 years old. I went through this extensive… "there is something wrong with me what is it stage" I was gaining weight while on weight loss meds the doctor put me on… my hair was thinning but had went to a new hairstylist whom used things on my hair to thin it so figured maybe I was just not used to it… started researching symptoms throughout the day on webmd… everything came back to diabetes… So I went and bought the tester and all that… long story short my sugar was staying around 350 to 369 no matter if i ate a lot, a little, or nothing at all…

I mad appointment to be tested told them I know this is what is wrong. They said I had type 2. He prescribed me Metformin along with a blood pressure med. which my body could not handle so I only took it one time. But he also ask that I continue to take Adipex - the weight loss medicine - with the Metformin.

3 months later I go back for a follow up and I had lost 30 something pounds and felt better. The Metformin was doing it's job as well as the Adipex. But hair was falling out more and more…

So now it is really starting to concern me… I am looking to find out why in the world my hair is falling out so much. I used to have a fro… (I am white though) I am not kidding my hair was mad thick and crazy. Couldn't get a hair band or scrunchy around my hair but 2 times if I didn't brake them then… So now this is approximately A year and 5-6 months that I have been taking both meds… Sugar is still fine. My weight was at 286 to start with and is now at 230…

I guess the only thing that hasn't changed is my hair is still falling out. I have read things about Metformin making peoples hair fall out. not sure if that is the case with me. Didn't know if anyone that isn't on Metformin has the same problems or what. I just know that I now have a receding hair line at 25 years old. I did start taking the Biotin as well… in which helped grow on my face and legs but not my head. My hair is so thin now when i have my hair down you can see my scalp through it in the front of my head.

So I am trying to figure out what could cause this much hair to fall out in a year and a half assuming it has something to do with Diabetes. Wondering if anyone else is or has had the same problem.

7 replies

deborah2384 2014-02-05 22:16:01 -0600 Report

I heard about this from a fellow patient at my doctors office, I have PCOS and am on metformin 500 mg ER 2x per day, before I was on metformin I had really thick hair, I noticed a while back my hair felt thinner but thought nothing of it until I was told about the other patient, I now notice heavy hair loss every time I run my hand through my hair, my hubby and I are at the point where we're ready to start a family, I've talked about insulin before, I'm going to talk to her again this month and make the change, I'll then wait for it to get out of my system I'll post again in a few months my results, I have also had a few kidney stones since beginning the metformin as well which I don't know if it's related, all I know is when I was in the ER the doctor told me my kidney function is fine, I'll look more into that as we'll

Lizardfan 2013-02-25 09:54:26 -0600 Report

I really do understand how you feel about hair loss. Last year I slowly lost, healthy too, 29lbs. My hair is baby fine, it started coming out very heavily. At first I wasn't concerned, then it kept on doing it until it was the thinnest it has ever been. All of a sudden it stopped falling out and I had a lot of new growth coming in. When I asked my endo about it, I have hypothyroid too, he said when the hair is shedding it is about something in your body reacting to before that. So I do think weight loss triggered mine. I do take a GNC hair, nails, women's vitamin daily. My thyroid was perfect the whole time, he tested me every three months during this time. I am on Metformin too and have been for years. I think it was the weight loss that did it for me! Good luck, hope it stops and your get lots of regrowth. My hair is finally presentable again!

annesmith 2013-02-24 00:43:26 -0600 Report

I have really really thick hair, too, it's almost a fro. I have noticed ( I am a brittle diabetic) that it falls out a lot, but, I have so much of it, that when I lose it, it is extremely hard to tell by just looking in the mirror. I find hair on my shoulder, the front of my shirt, quite often. I have been diabetic for years, so, I am taking it that hair loss is part of being diabetic. It might be the shampoo you are using also. I would tell your doctor about it as soon as you can. ANNE

Pludy 2013-02-23 09:18:26 -0600 Report

I understand how you feel. When i was first diagnosed I lost most of my hair as well. The metformin used to give me diarrhea really bad everyday until I was taken off of it. My hair is still thin but you can no longer see my scalp. Good luck with the metformin but I would ask for something else.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-21 20:02:50 -0600 Report

I have been on metformin for several years and it has not caused my hair to fall out at all. You may need to see a dermatologist. I am very cautious about the kinds of products I use on my hair. My sister uses the Wen Products and it does what all the ads say. I can't use it because it contains almond oil. You should check with your hair stylist to see what products she is using and you may have to make a change. Good look with this problem and congrats on the weight loss.

lisanc2005 2013-02-21 21:45:14 -0600 Report

Thanks! I know you shouldn't believe everything you read online but I was getting my nerves on the edge. I did actually ask her the other day and I use the same stuff that I have always used since before it started thinning. I think God may be setting me in my place… LOL I used to complain about my hair being unmanageable and too thick… You should count your blessings and be grateful for what you have instead of what you want. Thanks again for letting me know it hasn't effect you like that.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-22 08:59:40 -0600 Report

Stress and worry will also cause your hair to fall out. I agree what you have and being thankful for it is far more important that what you want.

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