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Hair Loss Newbie

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Strachan1, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. Strachan1

    Strachan1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Did anyone experience hair loss?
     
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    letstalk1 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes , but may only be from my low carb way of eating.
     
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    Hello @Strachan1 - As a newly diagnosed type I also experienced quite dramatic hair loss when I was diagnosed, I can remember handfuls of hair coming out in the shower which was quite distressing as I have long hair, I was told at the time that it was due to the hormonal changes and the stress my body had been under, it eased up over a few weeks and eventually grew back, I have also got an under active thyroid too which also causes hair loss and would recommend that if you still continue to lose hair that you have a blood test done to rule this out as well as a possible iron deficiency - I also eat low carb but this did not make my hair fall out.
     
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    Katrina5664 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hello Strachan 1 I also had extreme hair loss my dearly beloved started on about buying a wig but luckily it stopped falling out and has nearly all returned.
    Katrina
     
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    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't remember any hair loss until about 18 months ago and was diagnosed with under-active thyroid (known for causing hair loss). Now on thyroid medication so hoping it will stop. I agree with Juicyj that it is probably due to stress and hormones rather than low carbing.
     
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    lou258 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was going to post this question today too!! I've been diagnosed 5.5 weeks. Good to know I'm not alone - here's hoping it'll be back soon :)
     
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    karen8967 Type 1 · Master

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    am having exactly the same problem loads coming out when im brushing it at this rate il end up with 3 hairs and a nit haha jokes apart its scary but was told it will settle i hope so and soon. diagnosed 5 months ago but only started falling out about 2 months ago x
     
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    My hair has been falling out in handfulls just diagnosed since April. It has slows down and I was lucky to have very thick hair to start. Just resigned to cutting my hair short this week but my hairdresser said all new growth there so that's good anyway. I know it's scary. But at least it's growing back ;)
     
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    Sibyl Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It took my surgery 9 months to diagnose me as diabetic. During that time I lost 18lbs, half my head hair, my gums receded and because of horrendous leg and foot cramps I was getting about 3 hours sleep a night. Walking dead springs to mind. Once I went onto insulin things began to return to normal. All my hair came back. Hopefully yours will be the same!
     
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    LauraPalmer Type 1 · Member

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    I've had this problem too, and while I'm sorry you all have suffered from it, it is reassuring to hear that for most people it grows back.

    I have been told hair lags around 3 months after physical health shocks, and this seems to have been the case for me - I started to feel unwell around February and starting noticing hair loss in May. I have lost about a lot of hair since then, and have found it very upsetting. The loss does seem to be slowing down though and I am hoping it will continue to improve (I was diagnosed in April this year, but thanks to a GP who treated my T1 with meds for T2 :bored:, I only started insulin in August).

    In the meantime I am taking supplements (Forcapil was recommended to me - biotin, B vits and zinc), and trying to treat my hair as gently as possible. Would welcome any recommendations for products to improve volume!
     
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    I was 56 (3years ago) when all this happened to me. The hair loss stopped very soon after going onto insulin but it took about 6 months to come back to any decent growth. Now it's back as it was before I fell ill. I did nothing extra other than using a volumising shampoo for time it was very thin. Just give it time. X
     
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    Thank you @Sibyl - that is reassuring! I have noticed some baby-hair regrowth I think in the last few weeks, although I appreciate it will take a while to thicken out again.

    Your dog is gorgeous btw :)
     
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    LMAO! Re the dog comment: I was just thinking the same about yours!
     
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    Strachan1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My hairdresser suggested Nioxin shampoo. I'm going to give it a try. Luckily I have lots of hair so it probably doesn't look too bad to others.
     
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    That's good to hear. Thanks.
     
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    Strachan1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My hairdresser suggest Nioxin which will stop anymore falling out. I've been ill since March and my body has eaten away all my fat stores. Have started taking supplements too.
     
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    I've been using Nioxin, which does seem to help, but I think when you're feeling better your hair will improve naturally.
     
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