Type 2 diabetes and hair lossIt’s been known for a while that there’s a link between type 2 diabetes and hair loss. In fact, shedding hair is often one of the first noticeable symptoms for people suffering from the disease. Theories abound about why the two things are linked from the fact that diabetes drugs might be causing the side effect of hair loss to the existence of other auto-immune diseases.

Low cortisol could be the culprit

A new theory points to the adrenal glands which gradually become compromised when the liver becomes fatty and “sluggish”. Instead of producing cortisol the stressed adrenal glands begin to produce more adrenalin which can cause anxiety. Low cortisol is one of the contributory factors to male and female hair loss. So, what can be done? The main focus for anyone suffering from Type 2 diabetes should be to tackle the disease first and worry about the hair loss second. After all the two conditions may or not be related and diabetes is a serious illness. The only effective way to tackle the disease is to embark on a change of lifestyle. Normally this means switching to a high protein, high fat, low carb intake (along the lines of the Atkins diet) which should help to reduce blood sugar levels.

Speak to a hair loss clinic

Once the diet’s moving in the right direction then it’s quite possible that hair loss will start to reduce but there are plenty of treatments to tackle this problem separately. Speaking to a reputable hair loss clinic is often a good first step to establish what’s the best way to approach your hair loss. These specialists will be able to advise on the full array of available products and treatments from a position of experience. In some cases, they might recommend hair loss drugs but equally they will be able to provide detailed information about transplants and other increasingly popular procedures such as scalp micropigmentation.

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