According to research studies, by the age of 35, two-thirds of men will have some degree of hair loss by age 50, about 85% of men will have significant thinning of their hair.Hair loss is prevalent in women, too — they make up 40% of hair-loss sufferers.
Thanks to society’s pressure to be attractive, hair loss can have a major negative effect on quality of life. Hair loss can be devastating, leading to loss of confidence, poor self-image, and even depression.
There are many causes of hair loss, including thyroid issues, hormonal changes, scalp infections, certain medications, chemotherapy, and radiation.
However, one cause of hair loss that is related specifically to Type 1 diabetes is called alopecia areata. This condition is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, leading to patches of hair loss on the scalp and on other parts of the body.
Alopecia areata may have a hereditary component, too, and often occurs in families where members have other autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, lupus, or Addison’s disease.
There is no cure for alopecia areata, nor is there a specific medicine used to treat it. However, medications used for other conditions might be helpful in promoting hair regrowth.
For the most part, hair loss can be dealt with, but it’s important that you know the cause. In some cases, hair loss is permanent. And, as in the case of alopecia areata, hair may grow back all on its own.
There are other causes of hair loss linked to diabetes that could be an issue here, too. For instance, diabetes can affect your circulatory system, making it less effective.
As certain nutrients and proteins are essential for hair growth, a decrease in the amount of these reaching hair follicles could result in weaker and slower hair growth.
A simple way to remedy this is to start taking a nutritional supplement which does not have a sugar coating. This will ensure the body is getting a consistent level of nutrients in case diet alone does not provide a sufficient amount.
Diabetes causes lots of anxiety and stress to the person. Taking care of diet, medication and exercise to combat high sugar levels creates stress and causes hair loss to the diabetic . High stress levels also prevent regrowth of hair.
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High blood sugar levels affect the body’s immune system, leaving people with diabetes more prone to infection, and with a reduced ability to FIGHT infection. Infections can disrupt the healthy hair growth cycle.
If your diabetes is under control and you’re still losing more hair than usual, it could be that you’re experiencing pattern baldness. This condition is a result of genetics, and is not caused by diabetes, and as such it cannot be ‘cured,’ and requires treatment to prevent increased hair loss.
Treatments for hair loss include medications, surgery, laser therapy, and wigs or hairpieces. Your doctor may suggest a combination of these approaches in order to get the best results.The goals of treatment are to promote hair growth, slow hair loss or hide hair loss.
The Best Foods for Your Hair
Yellow bell peppers have nearly five and a half times more vitamin C than oranges (341 milligrams, as opposed to 63). This is very good news for your locks—vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the hair shaft and hair follicles, as well as prevents breakage.
Fairly inexpensive and widely available, tuna is a great food for the hair. It contains omega 3 fatty acids, protein and selenium, which is useful for promoting new hair growth.
Its growing reputation as a ‘superfood’ is well deserved! Kale is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, contains some protein, is richer in iron per calorie than beef and contains plenty of vitamins.
If you find it a little bitter, try making ‘kale chips’, which are SO easy to eat you’ll become addicted. Just tear up the leaves (removing any tough central ribs) and toss them lightly with olive oil and a touch of sea salt. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook on a VERY low oven until light and cripsy ( set your oven to its lowest setting and they usually take around 20 minutes).
Isn’t it nice when something creamy and delicious is actually GOOD for you too… and particularly good for the hair?
Greek yogurt is high in protein (with less calories than regular yogurt), plus vitamins D and B5. You may know vitamin B5 by its other name – pantothenic acid – a name which regularly appears on hair care product labels, simply because it really does care for the hair!
Eggs are an excellent source of those aforementioned omega-3s, and they are also contain biotin (which many people trying to grow their hair take in supplement form). But be aware: It’s not the “healthier” egg white that will make your hair long and beautiful, it’s the yolk. Eating too many egg whites can actually block the absorption of biotin into the body, causing a depletion of this micronutrient.
Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, the precursor for vitamin A that not only promotes a healthy scalp but effectively promotes hair growth, too. Choose foods loaded with beta carotene over supplementing with high doses (over 2500 milligrams) of vitamin A from retinol, since it can be toxic at very high levels.
There’s a ‘rule’ in nutrition that the more brightly colored a fruit or vegetable is, the better for you it tends to be.
Try tossing diced sweet potato with coconut oil, a little salt and a dash of chili powder, then roasting for 30 to 40 minutes. Delicious!
Due to their high concentration of essential fatty acids naturally found in skin cells (which help to keep your skin smooth and supple), avocados are an age-old beauty secret. When topically applied to the hair and scalp, they have the added ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
Mix a little avocado with sour cream (which contains lactic acid to help exfoliate dead skin and clean up buildup on the scalp) and apply to your hair and scalp for about ten minutes before washing off.
These nuts will make your hair grow faster and thicker due to their high biotin content. One cup contains nearly one-third of your daily requirement. You should be able to see the results in a month or two of adding them to your diet.
Not your everday food, I know, but if you DO have access to oysters on a regular basis, then go ahead and treat yourself, because they’re GREAT for your hair!
They’re rich in zinc, iron… and provide a nice boost of protein, too!
The Nutrients Your Hair Needs
Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids help nourish the hair follicles and even reach the hair shafts themselves, adding elasticity and preventing breakage. In fact, omega 3 fatty acids actually make up 3% of the hair shaft and are present in the scalp’s cells and natural oils, helping keep both the hair and scalp healthy.
Good sources of omega 3 fatty acids include:
Walnuts, brazil nuts, flax seeds, salmon, herring, tuna, sardines, mackerel, trout, avocado, rapeseed oil, pumpkin seeds
Ensuring your magnesium intake is adequate is VERY important if you’re suffering from hair loss.
Good sources of magnesium include:
Brown rice, halibut, spinach, lentils, cashews and almonds
You may not have heard of it, but this mineral with antioxidant properties protects cells from damage and is believed to stimulate the hair follicles, prompting new hair to grow!
Selenium deficiency is quite rare, however, and most of us consume adequate amounts within a typical daily diet.
Good sources of selenium include:
Tuna, brazil nuts, halibut, sardines, shrimp and ham
We all tend to think about nutrients such as vitamins, iron and protein when analyzing our diets, but few of us think about how much zinc we’re consuming.
Yet zinc has several very important functions in the human body, including hormone regulation and the repair and growth of the body’s tissues.
In particular, we need zinc to help maintain the production of glands on the scalp that secrete oil, which keeps both our scalps AND our hair healthy.
Good sources of zinc include:
Eggs, chicken, oats, oysters, lentils, beef, nuts, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and wheat germ.
Iron is responsible for delivering blood to the body’s cells, so it stands to reason that a shortage of iron may mean that the scalp doesn’t receive enough oxygen from the blood supply to maintain healthy hair growth.
Taking into account the fact that adequate iron stores are important for overall good health, it makes sense to ensure that your iron levels are as high as they should be. In cases of serious iron deficiency, a doctor will usually prescribe a supplement – but the best option is to make sure you’re eating plenty of iron-rich foods to avoid a deficiency in the first place.
Good sources of iron include:
Meat, turkey, whole grains, beans, dark leafy greens, oats (and also try bok choy – it’s high in vitamin C too, which makes its iron easier to absorb).
Considering that your hair is almost ALL protein (around 97%) – and that some experts even suggest a low protein/high carb diet can cause gray hair – taking a close look at your protein intake is vital!
Naturally occurring, pure protein is your best option.
Good sources of protein include:
Lentils, egg yolks, Greek yogurt, nuts, legumes, tofu, fish and poultry
Vitamins A and C
These are both important nutrients in the battle against hair loss. They keep the hair supple and help prevent breakage by supporting the body’s production of ‘sebum’, the oily substance in the hair follicles. Sebum also keeps the scalp healthy, preventing dandruff and itching.
What’s more, vitamin C helps your body absorb more iron from your diet.
Good sources of vitamins A and C include:
Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard, cantaloupe, mangoes, apricots, blueberries, kiwifruit, tomatoes and strawberries.
Vitamin B7 – also known as biotin – is another important nutrient with a growing reputation as a useful tool against hair loss.
Folic acid, another B complex vitamin, helps maintain the amount of methionine in the body. Methionine strengthens the structure of the hair, preventing breakage and loss.
Experts suggest that too little folic acid in the diet can cause a decrease in the rate of hair follicle growth. Check labels when buying bread, cereals and pasta and look for those that are enriched or fortified with folic acid.
Good sources of B vitamins include:
Eggs, poultry, beef, fish, milk, Greek yogurt, oats, banana, cereal and nuts.
Simple Beauty Tips For Hair
1.The most important of steps to keeping your hair healthy is keeping it clean. And the product you choose needs to be right for you. Always keep them mild.
For dry hair: Choose one doesn’t further strip your hair of its natural oils.
For Oily hair: Choose one that works on limiting the activity of your oily scalp
Do use a clarifying shampoo every once in awhile or the product build up will effect the results that your shampoo has.
Remember that the shampoo is meant to clean your scalp and not condition your hair so dont shampoo your hair every day if you have dry hair as it is not going to help you in anyway.
If anything it will only cause harm in the long run. Use only a drop the size of a coin for one wash, it is more than sufficient and shampoo only two or three times a week at most if you have dry hair.
2.Eggs work wonders on your hair. The yolk is rich in fat and proteins which greatly acts in moisturizing while the white helps to remove unwanted oils.Use egg to condition normal hair, egg yolks for dry hair and whites for oily hair. Remember to rinse with lukewarm water only !!!
3.Egg yolk and olive oil can help make your hair grow faster
Being rich in vitamins and minerals, egg yolk can nourish your locks and accelerate hair growth, while olive oil, helps to soften and provide shine to otherwise dry hair. All you have to do is, mix two egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. To dilute this mixture, you can add a half a cup of water. By dipping your finger tips into this mixture, slowly massage it into your scalp and then, spread the mask to the length.
Let it sit on your hair for about 15-20 minutes, before you wash it off, with or without shampoo. This mask can be done once a week.
4.Here is another wonderful and effective homemade hair care treatment that can do wonders for your locks: mix in a bowl 2 table spoons of your favorite hair conditioner (or hair mask) with 1 table spoon of aloe Vera gel and add 1 table spoon of liquid honey.
You can warm up your treatment a little bit on a water bath, till it gets runny and warm (not hot), then apply it on the lengths of your hair avoiding the roots.
Cover your head with a shower cup and then, towel. Leave this treatment on your hair for, at least, 45 minutes, then wash it out using warm water (without using a shampoo). Your hair will be silky smooth and very shiny!
5.Apply a coconut oil or any other oil of your choice (argan oil, olive oil, castor oil) on your locks, massage the oil into the roots of your hair and spread it on the lengths; cover up your hair with a shower cup and then, towel.
Keep it on for about 45 minutes and then, wash your hair thoroughly, but this time, use a shampoo. You might, probably, even need to shampoo your hair twice, because oil treatments tend to leave a little bit of greasy feel on the hair, so make sure your get rid of it. (This is the only downside of homemade oil hair treatments.)
Natural oil hair treatment will not only encourage the healthy hair growth, but also make your hair look and feel extremely shiny and healthy.
6.Cleansing away the itchy scalp: Lemon juice and olive oil
An itchy scalp can be a result of poor diet, stress or climate. Treat it with a mixture of 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, olive oil and water.
Massage your scalp with this mixture and allow it to rest for 20 minutes.
Wash off as usual.
The lemon juice helps remove dry flakes of skin while the olive oil moisturizes the scalp.
7.You may think of tea as a sore throat remedy, but you can also use it to give hair a natural shine. use a quart of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your regular shampoo.
Tea can enhance hair color, so make sure to use a tea that works with your hair color. Blondes should use chamomile tea; black tea may darken their tresses. Brunettes should use black tea to enhance shine and enrich color.
8. Apple cider vinegar mask
Put the life back into your limp or damaged hair with this terrific home remedy: combine 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 3 egg whites, then rub the mix into your hair. Keep your hair covered for about a half hour using plastic wrap or a shower cap, then shampoo and rinse.
9.Treat with botanical oils
Available at health food stores, olive, jojoba, and sweet almond oils are all wonderful elixirs for damaged hair. If your hair is thick and heavy, coconut oil works well. Dampen your hair and apply small amounts of the botanical oil until your hair is thoroughly covered. Top off with shower cap and warm towel for about 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo your hair out.
10.Let your hair down
If you usually wear your hair in a ponytail, take it out for a few hours a day to give your hair a break. Also, try not to pull hair back too tightly. And never sleep with any sort of accessories in your hair.
Here is a list of preventive measures that should be taken to keep your hair long and strong even while suffering from diabetes:
Consult your doctor to confirm that all your hair problems are actually related to diabetes.
Make sure that your diet chart includes plenty of hair-friendly foods.
Work out a lot as it will keep your blood sugar normal and increase the supply of oxygen as well as nutrients to your hair follicles.
Hair loss or stopped hair growth related to diabetes is a temporary problem and you will certainly get out of it over time.
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