There is a connection between diabetes, thyroid and hair loss. Some women are not even aware that they have the condition and a loss of hair can be one of the first signs. There are lots of different reasons that diabetes and thyroid cause hair loss.But it's also worth knowing that thinning hair can also indicate two other related conditions -insulin resistance,pre-diabetes.
Insulin resistance is a precursor to pre-diabetes and both conditions are precursors to type 2 diabetes. When experiencing thinning of hair, steps you should take for management are:
1. Talk to your doctor to establish the cause. Your doctor will be able to help you identify whether other factors besides diabetes itself - such as the emotional stress of thyroid problems - are at play.
2. Eat a balanced diet, full of simple, healthy foods. Avoid processed foods loaded with chemicals or sugary foods that may affect your mood. Choose the 'brown' version of foods like bread, pasta and rice so you know you're getting the whole grain instead of a stripped down, nutritionally deficient substitute!
3. Exercise every day for around 20 minutes. This releases "feel good" chemicals called endorphins which can even reverse the effects of stress
4. Eat iron-rich foods with foods that are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C-rich foods will help you absorb iron more easily.Follow a healthy eating pattern!
5. Don't skip meals- Skipping meals and eliminating food groups (like fats) may mean that your body does not get the nutrition it needs. For example, low-fat and low-calorie diets can lead to deficiencies of essential fatty acids and zinc, which will then affect your hair.
6. Good sources of omega 3 fatty acids include:Walnuts, flax seeds, salmon, tuna, avocado, grapeseed oil, pumpkin seeds
7. Good sources of magnesium include: Brown rice, spinach, lentils, cashews and almond
8. Good sources of zinc include:Eggs, chicken, oats, oysters, lentils, beef, nuts, chickpeas .
9. Good sources of iron include: Meat, turkey, whole grains, beans, dark leafy greens, oats it's high in vitamin C too, which makes its iron easier to absorb).
10. Good sources of protein include Lentils, egg yolks, Greek yogurt, nuts, legumes, tofu, fish, and poultry.
11. Good sources of vitamins A and C include Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, broccoli, Swiss chard, cantaloupe, mangoes, apricots, blueberries, kiwifruit, tomatoes, and strawberries.
12. Good sources of B vitamins include Eggs, poultry, beef, fish, milk, Greek yogurt, oats, banana, cereal, and nuts.
Discuss your medication with your doctor if you feel it may be causing hair loss as a side effect. It may be possible to amend your dose, or your doctor may suggest a different brand.Speak to your doctor about taking a biotin supplement. People with diabetes sometimes have low biotin levels. If your hair loss is particularly severe, ask your doctor if Minoxidil (Rogaine) might be suitable for you. Also, try different camouflage techniques, such as using a hair piece or a fill-in powder until things improve (see it as make-up for the hair!).Think about coloring your hair, which can 'plump it up' and make it look thicker. Coloring it a lighter color can be useful if you want to minimize the contrast between dark hair and your scalp.
There is a connection between diabetes, thyroid and hair loss. Some women are not even aware that they have the condition and a loss of hair can be one of the first signs. There are lots of different reasons that diabetes and thyroid cause hair loss.But it's also worth knowing that thinning hair can also indicate two other related conditions -insulin resistance,pre-diabetes. Insulin resistance...