Diabetes Hair Loss
Diabetes hair loss is one of the many side effects that this illness can have for the diabetic. There are many symptoms of adult onset diabetes (type 2) which is the most prevalent type of the illness in America. It is estimated that over six percent of all Americans, over twenty million persons, suffer from this dangerous and non-curable disease. But the good news is that through careful diet and exercise along with weight loss diabetics can control many of the effects of the disease. But included in this preliminary discussion about diabetes is the fact that many people don't know that they are diabetic. Here are some of the symptoms of onset diabetes, the kind that just creeps up on a person over time: frequent urination, excessive thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight being lossed, increased fatigue, irritability and blurry vision. Oh yes, there is one more: those beautiful tresses- that thick mane that is your trademark might begin to fall out.
How is that for a kick in the teeth? Diabetes hair loss might occur when one's immune system is weakened, causing infections including one's to the scalp which causes hair to fall out. The illness may affect follicles that don't get enough nutrition from circulatory problems caused by the diabetic condition. Women are prone to lose hair when they are diabetic because of hormonal changes brought on by diabetic imbalances in the system. There is no doubt that diabetes really is a life changing event with the need to permanently change diets, get daily exercise, and test blood glucose levels several times each day. For some people, getting the diagnosis of such an illness and facing something like diabetes hair loss can seem like the most important thing in the world, but Jesus said there is something even more important. "For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8: 36, 37)
The normal cycle of mane growth is about two to six years. Once the follicle reaches the end of its growth period, it goes into a rest period until the follicle is finally shed. About ninety percent of our mane is in the growth stage while ten percent is in the resting stage, getting ready to eventually jump off into eternity. The good news is that in most cases, new mane members are ready to take its place. The bad news is that the medicine that a diabetic may be prescribed will actually contribute to diabetes hair loss. Now this is kind of an individual thing because some people respond differently to medicine than others. The good news is that there may be a treatment that can work in concert with a person's diabetic medicine to actually help deter diabetes hair loss. The other alternative is to talks with one's physician to perhaps change the type of diabetic drug initially prescribed.
Losing a person's mane certainly can't be necessarily blamed on diabetes, however. There are a number of causes for thinning or loss of a person's mane. Here's an amazing fact: there are over four hundred and fifty listed causes for loss of one's mane! And there is a billion dollar hair loss industry ready and willing to take your money to help with one's thinning mane or diabetes hair loss. To keep your thick full mane with the diagnosis of being a diabetic, here are some things to remember.
First, when first diagnosed with diabetes and the doctor prescribes a drug therapy for you, ask about the medicine's side effects, especially in regards to one's mane being lost. The physician may often say that hair loss side effects are minimal, or he might say that each person's experience is different. The physician may encourage at least a few months on the drug and that the patient should monitor any diabetes hair loss due to the medicine. In many cases, it may be difficult to know whether it is the medicine causing the mane loss or the diabetes itself. In reality, the body reacts differently when fighting a disease and the physician may have to experiment to find the exact cause if there are signs of one's mane hair prematurely dying. That means that it is extremely important to monitor mane loss as soon as it begins to manifest itself.
Here are some ideas to help slow down diabetes hair loss. Biotin is important for healthy hair and may have been shown to help prevent the loss of one's mane in some cases. Biotin is found in such foods as brown rice, green peas, lentils, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds and walnuts so a regular inclusion of these foods is a good thing to have in a diet. Keep the use of a dryer to a minimum, because this makes the mane dry and brittle, and do not use a brush or fine toothed comb because these tools pull the mane out by the roots when snagged. Some hair care experts suggest inclining the head for fifteen minutes each day to all blood to reach the scalp, nourishing follicles and a five minute scalp massage each day is also recommended. Stay away from washing the hair every day because this can strip away natural and helpful oils, and make sure that the conditioner used doesn't just sit on top of the mane and attract dirt. Remember that a person's mane is weakest when it is wet so limit the brushing and combing when the mane is in this condition.
Symptoms Of Adult DiabetesThe symptoms of adult diabetes are connected to the body's inability to make insulin and the effects can be devastating. Insulin production defaults can wreak havoc on the body, and consequently the emotions, as well. Often those who have high glucose blood sugar levels do not recognize the signs that are most common, putting their health and bodies at risk for significant damage or illness. Diabetes affects people of all ages and is treated with a change in diet and medications. Those who may be indicating signs of high glucose levels, both children and adults, will need to consult with a doctor, getting information about the disease, how to properly care for the body, and what treatments should be addressed for long term health.
There are two different types of diabetes that can affect the body's production of glucose. Type one is when a person's body does not make enough insulin. When there is a lack on insulin, a product called glucose, which is where physical energy comes from, can build up in the blood stream instead of being utilized. High blood levels of glucose are what cause the major symptoms of adult diabetes. This is also one of the most prevalent symptoms of juvenile diabetes and can cause significant complications in childhood. This class of diabetes is not preventable and is not the result of eating poorly or the intake of too much sugar. For reasons not yet know, the symptoms of juvenile diabetes and type one adult diabetes are the results of the body misreading insulin and attacking insulin producing cells.
With type two, the body is unable to utilize the insulin that it does make, resulting in high glucose blood levels. Those who develop type 2 have a condition that has been in the making for a while and the body has built up an impaired tolerance for glucose. In the beginning stages of type two, the pancreas can keep up with the additional demands of the body by increasing insulin productions. But, over the course of time, the pancreas will lose its ability to over produce and glucose levels will begin to rise in the blood stream. Those who are overweight and who are inactive run higher risks for developing type 2 of this illness. Most commonly, people over the age of thirty exhibit type two symptoms of adult diabetes.
Both classes of this disease result in high glucose levels in the blood stream and will demonstrate similar symptoms. The symptoms of juvenile diabetes or type one, are classically: frequent or increased urination, and often bed wetting; a significant thirst, especially for sweetened drinks; the sudden loss of weight; irritability; and eye problems, most commonly blurred vision; and fatigue. An increase in hunger may also be among the symptoms of juvenile diabetes.
The signs of type two also include fatigue, or tiredness; an increase in urination, especially during the night; an upset stomach with nausea and vomiting; and an increased appetite, even though there has been a time of weight loss. The symptoms of adult diabetes in women may also include a disruption of the menstrual cycle. When this disease has been left untreated or unaddressed for a prolonged period of time, those who have developed type two may also experience some tingling sensations in the toes or fingers and notice other circulatory problems.
When a person is diagnosed with either a type one or a type two diabetic condition, he or she will want to address the high glucose levels found in the blood stream immediately. In some cases, as with type one, an immediate hospitalization may be necessary to get control of the condition. Diabetics are at risks for heart disease, blindness, kidney failures, and also they are at risk for amputations because of nerve damage. In sever cases of this disease, a person may also be at risk for a diabetic coma.
Having a child who is a diabetic or discovering that a family member may suffer with this disease can be traumatic. It is at times like these that God's people can turn to Him and rest in the security that He is in control of all things. In Him, we can find hope. "O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud does, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord." (Psalm 31:23-24)
Those exhibiting any signs of this disease will want to seek immediate attention from a doctor. In the case of type two diabetes, the symptoms of adult diabetes may be managed with diet, weight loss, and exercise if discovered soon enough. Periodic testing and monitoring the blood sugar levels will be necessary for type one diabetics and may also be necessary for type two patients, depending upon the severity of the disease. It will be wise to get as much information as possible, coming to an understanding of the disease to properly care for the body and have hope for the future.