Biotin supplement

suecsdy
By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-02-06 20:13:56 -0600
Started 2014-10-31 10:54:47 -0500

Hi everyone. I am new to diabetes…just diagnosed in Aug. I am also taking meds for thyroid. blood pressure and cholesterol. Have been watching the carb intake and blood sugars are much better. Not losing weight the way I thought I would, and hair is falling out a lot. I should say that in August I had surgery and now have a temporary colostomy. That covers everything, so my question is; does anyone take supplements like biotin and does it affect the diabetes? Thanks in advance for your help


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suecsdy
suecsdy 2014-11-08 15:55:03 -0600 Report

Ok, found some Biotin at Wal-Mart. 1,000 mgs per tab. Going to start one a day and see if it helps with the hair loss. It certainly can't make it any worse.

calayx
calayx 2014-11-04 05:53:43 -0600 Report

Yes, I take Biotin. It was slow to act, but now I wouldn't be without it. Really did wonders for my hair!! Didn't effect my diabetes.
Always check with your Doctor first.
Calayx

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-11-01 08:44:05 -0500 Report

I have heard there are many benefit to taking boitin, It has been in my compound supplements from time to time, but I have not taken it alone to see what it can do. Here are some other discussions on it from members who have had questions and used it. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?query=biotin

My step-daughter uses it to help with her hair and nails. It has worked for her, specially with her nails. But she is not diabetic, so I don't know how it might benefit us otherwise.

deni46
deni46 2014-11-01 00:26:24 -0500 Report

Hi don't know much about it but I do know about colostomies and illiostomies. I have had both currently all my plumbing is hooked up… So if you need any help with that look me up

suecsdy
suecsdy 2014-11-02 11:07:24 -0600 Report

Did you experience any hair loss after your surgeries? My hair is falling out rapidly and I feel I may not have any by Thanksgiving. I don't know if it's from the shock of surgery or the levothyroxine I'm having to take, but it seriously depresses me. Everytime I wash my hair it is noticeably thinner(to me). Last night was the worst so far. I cried so much I gave myself a headache. My Drs. don't seem concerned, but it's not their hair!

deni46
deni46 2015-02-05 01:08:29 -0600 Report

I know I'm late answering but yes my hair seemed to be falling out. My beautician pointed out that while I was in hospital or sick I didn't brush my hair as much so when I started to she said that we shed hair everyday and when we finally brush it a lot seems to fall out at once. I'm rambling …

suecsdy
suecsdy 2015-02-06 20:13:56 -0600 Report

Hey! welcome back. My hair was falling out from taking the levothyroxin for thyroid.. It wasn't just normal loss. I was losing handfuls of hair every time I washed or brushed my hair. My body finally adjusted to the meds and the hair loss stopped. I started taking Biotin to encourage my hair to grow back. It is growing back, but I don't know if biotin has anything to do with it.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-11-02 03:57:49 -0600 Report

In order to take one of the B vitamins like biotin it works best if you are taking a balanced B complex (not time released). B vitamins are important for your nervous system.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-10-31 11:27:03 -0500 Report

Howdy Sue
WELCOME to DC!

According to Mayo clinic article on Biotin: "A lack of biotin is rare. However, if it occurs it may lead to skin rash, loss of hair, high blood levels of cholesterol, and heart problems" ~ http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/b...
From Mayo again: "Biotin is found in various foods, including liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, bananas, soy flour, cereals, and yeast. Biotin content of food is reduced by cooking and preserving."

and on the side effects page, this: "No side effects have been reported for biotin in amounts up to 10 milligrams a day. However, check with your health care professional if you notice any unusual effects while you are taking it."

Praying for your improving health

James

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