Question: Hi there, I’m a diabetic and I’m losing my hair. I’m losing weight rapidly, cause of this I’ve asked my doctor if I would lose my hair due to having diabetes and he said yes. I have asked what treatment is best to grow my hair and my doctors won’t say anything, so what’s best for to grow my hair back and to thicken my hair too?
Answer: Hi, Adel. Diabetes may trigger a few types of hair loss and therefore it is best to have a consultation with a specialist who can examine your scalp and hair. Once the specific condition has been confirmed, it will be easier to recommend the appropriate treatments.
As diabetes may trigger hormone changes, it may as well trigger the start of androgenic alopecia – also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss when it affects women – for those who are genetically predisposed to it. Androgenic alopecia is caused by an hereditary sensitivity to a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone).
The DHT gradually damages affected follicles across the top of the scalp, hairline and crown. This leads to gradually thinning hair until the follicles completely disappear. Female pattern hair loss is a permanent condition and, therefore, requires on-going treatment to manage it. At Belgravia, women’s hair loss treatment programmes generally take the form of topical applications of high strength minoxidil from the range of formulations available from our in-clinic pharmacies, paired with suitable hair growth boosters.
Diabetes may also trigger short-term disturbances in the hair growth cycle. This results in a temporary hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. This presents as shedding from all over the scalp, which may appear to come on fairly suddenly but does, in fact, only tend to become noticeable around three months after having been triggered. New hair growth should become apparent in up to six months though treatment is available if required. If the hair thinning lasts for longer than that, the condition may be chronic, also called diffuse hair loss, and treatment would be recommended in this case.
It is possible to have both female pattern hair loss and either telogen effluvium or chronic telogen effluvium simultaneously. This can result in all over shedding that is more intense in the areas around the top of the scalp, temples and crown. A hair loss treatment programme can be tailored to help stabilise shedding and promote regrowth, including improved hair density, for any of these individual or combined conditions following a consultation.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.