Could having type 1 diabetes be related to hair loss?

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Could having type 1 diabetes for twenty years be related to hair loss?

Hair loss may be due to several factors, including nutrient deficiencies, inadequate calorie intake, hormonal imbalances, and stress. However, in people with type 1 diabetes, the condition alopecia areata is often the cause. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder wherein the body's immune system attacks hair follicles, leading to loss of hair on the scalp, eyebrows, and other parts of the body. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition, although laser therapy and medications that promote hair growth may be helpful.

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.


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