What does your hair say about your health?

By MewElla Latest Reply 2013-10-06 10:23:43 -0500
Started 2013-03-28 17:51:58 -0500

Ever thought much about your hair and what it says about your health? If you notice changes in your hair discuss with your doctor and let him sort it out.
Changes in look, texture and thickness can be showing health conditions. Sudden changes, such as a lot of hair loss, are likely treatable, rather than the gradual changes, like thinning.
Gray hair and stress run hand in hand. Stress turns hair gray, for some, but not for others. When it grays a lot depends on your genes.
Dry, thinning hair change can change the look of your hair and cause other symptoms like tiredness, cold intolerance, joint pain, muscle pain, a puffy face and weight gain - your doctor may check for thyroid problems.
If you notice a lot of hair loss on your hairbrush it may be due to low iron. You may want to include more iron rich foods in your diet. Protein is essential and if you don't get enough, you may also notice thinning.

39 replies

Vigneswari 2013-10-06 10:23:43 -0500 Report

I have thyroid whose Tsh is 17 and 30 when I found my thyroid at the same time when I was diagnosed for D. I used to have long and thick hair which became little short and more thin due to great hair loss.

Nana_anna 2013-04-02 11:59:08 -0500 Report

I have high thyroid, so my hair will fall out when washing it. I also have very thick hair, it gets oil when I skip a day of washing, so I don't do that any more. I noticed with the weather here in Florida, on humid days, my hair is flat! I use a good freeze hairspray on those days. Thyroid I think, goes hand in hand with your hair loss, though I don't think being a diabetic effects hair.

jimLE 2013-04-01 18:30:21 -0500 Report

i have 3 brothers.one younger then me.and im the one with least gray hair..and my hair says.eeeeeeeek let me grow back out so i can stay combed :D

tabby9146 2013-03-30 11:07:47 -0500 Report

I have ridges on two or three fingernails, read a long time ago that this can be common for diabetics. anyone else have them and you think it is from diabetes?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-01 13:58:47 -0500 Report

I have had that problem since I was a teenager and it wasn't diabetes related. I use to use nail repair creme and it worked. I notice that it mainly happens in the winter months when the air is cold and dry and clears up during the summer months.

tabby9146 2013-04-02 08:26:52 -0500 Report

mine started after I was diagnosed. so when I read that article a few yrs ago about sometimes vertical ridges can be from diabetes, just wondered if it was true, but of course, I do know they are from other things too in many cases.

Type1Lou 2013-03-30 12:54:19 -0500 Report

A while back, I started a discussion on splitting nails (http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/11...) that had been plaguing me for some time. Several DC members replied that taking a Biotin supplement might help with this. I've been taking biotin since then (over 1 year) and have seen marked improvement. I follow a low-carb diet which may have affected the nutrients I need for healthy hair, skin, and nails…or, it might be I had problems because I am aging and my body is changing, or because I have a hypothyroid. There are so many factors that might be involved. Bottom line, taking biotin has helped me. Thanks DC for helping me find a solution!

GabbyPA 2013-04-01 10:52:22 -0500 Report

That's always the issue...age, other factors, progressive disease. So many things can be the cause, how we figure them out is beyond me sometimes. That is why log books really can help.

devik 2013-03-29 14:28:38 -0500 Report

Thank you for this, I was wondering why my hair falls a lot n has become dry n damaged, I hate it, trying to use henna to make it better but not working. Stressful life, I think need to get rid of the stress first.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-29 10:45:49 -0500 Report

You should have posted this 10 years ago when I could answer it! Thanks. BTW, your fingernails also tell you a lot. Of course, if you keep them painted, like I do, they don't say much! LOL! Actually I only had my nails painted once. 20 different colors! Oh, what I won't do to have kids remember camp! The
"Girls Club" did the manicure and peticure!

Miss_Teal 2013-03-29 11:00:03 -0500 Report

Fingernails - yep! I can tell when I'm eating healthier as my nails are longer and stronger

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-29 11:05:27 -0500 Report

Yes, there is also the color and shape to consider. A healthy nail should be white at the cuticle and grow evenly and it should be pink under the nail. There is also something about the ridges, but I forget that.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-29 19:09:57 -0500 Report

Mine were dull for years while my leg vein pumps were slowly getting leakier. Bad circulation and less O2 messed with my whole system.When they pumps started casing major problems my nails devoped lots of ridges. In the last year my fingernails have become very shiny and smooth again. Toenails still show signs of the stress.
Can't stand to wear any nail polish, makes my fingers feel heavy, then I started chipping it off.

rmklaus 2013-03-28 22:32:38 -0500 Report

Wow. My hair has gotten thicker and more frizzy but I never thought it could be because of my health. This is very interesting.

GabbyPA 2013-03-28 20:30:20 -0500 Report

I know my meds seem to make my hair fall out. I don't like my hair at all since I have been diagnosed. It was always thin, but now it's even thinner and can't seem to hold any kind of shape...it's limp and yucky.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-29 10:48:38 -0500 Report

Pull out your electric stove. Remove the cover from the receptacle. Wet 2 fingers and touch the red and black post. There now you have a perm! Do not do this if your kitchen floor is covered with water.

jayabee52 2013-03-29 14:33:43 -0500 Report

I am sure Jim is pulling your leg. Do not attempt this in the real world!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-30 11:06:09 -0500 Report

Too late. Gabby has already tried it and she loves her new haido. It now looks fuller, curled, but a little singed around the edges.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-04-01 10:27:14 -0500 Report

Do you still have your Roberta Flack album 'The First time I ever saw your face"? If so, the hair is identical to Gabby's!

jayabee52 2013-04-01 10:37:26 -0500 Report

actually would like to see a pic of Gabby after that new hairdo. I know you "pull people's legs" so I need to see it for myself. Gotta keep ya honest! LoL!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-01 10:47:34 -0500 Report

If I got a 70's photo studio app on my phone, then downloaded gabby's pix, you'd see it…however I might get carried away and give both of you the same treatment…the 3 of you would end up looking like a bizarre mod squad.

lanykins 2013-03-28 21:11:42 -0500 Report

I have been seeing a good deal of hair loss on the top of my head and my bangs. This has been going on for 2 years and I was put on insulin 3 years ago. I take a whole lot of insulin right now and see my bangs and the front of my head really thinning out. Of course, I am also 3/4 gray. I'm not happy about this.

Gwen214 2013-03-28 18:17:44 -0500 Report

Yes, when I'm going through stress, my hair literally thins out, and becomes stringy. The color is not as shiny. Doesn't look healthy at all.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-29 10:49:54 -0500 Report

I am sure they do cosmetic tatoos when it becomes real bad!

Gwen214 2013-03-29 15:13:47 -0500 Report

Oh no, tattooed hair. My mom did that with her eye brows…scary, very scary. My look is very natural, no chemical on my face or in my hair. Just organic shampoo, and face cleanser.