Yes, diabetes can cause hair loss. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the scalp, which can disrupt the normal hair growth cycle and lead to hair loss. This type of hair loss is called anagen effluvium.
Diabetes can also cause other conditions that can lead to hair loss, such as:
- Telogen effluvium: This is a form of hair loss that is caused by physical or emotional stress. High blood sugar levels and the complications of diabetes, such as kidney disease or nerve damage, can be sources of physical and emotional stress that may contribute to telogen effluvium.
- Androgenetic alopecia: This is the most common form of hair loss, also known as male or female pattern baldness. It is caused by a combination of genetics and hormones and can be more common in people with diabetes.
- Alopecia areata: This is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss in patches. People with diabetes may be more susceptible to developing alopecia areata.
If you have diabetes and are experiencing hair loss, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider or a dermatologist. They can help to identify the underlying cause of your hair loss and recommend appropriate treatment options. In some cases, controlling your blood sugar levels may help to prevent or slow down hair loss.