I have 2 bald places on my head. Is it possible this could be anything to do with my type 2 diabetes? I am a female who is almost 60 years old.
There are many things which can cause hair loss. These include iron deficiency, trauma to the scalp, excess male hormones, certain medications, and excess or deficient thyroid hormone. Alopecia areata is loss of hair in patches. It is thought to be caused by an autoimmune response. It may be associated with other autoimmune conditions. Type 2 diabetes is not associated with hair loss. Hair loss in women is not uncommon. In a 2007 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Jerry Shapiro noted that by 70 years of age, 38% of women have female-pattern hair loss with the central portion of the scalp being most affected. Your primary care provider should be able to perform an initial assessment and look for causes that may be reversible.