DIABETES AND HAIR LOSS
is this a thing people talk about? I don't know, but I know it's something that can happen!
right around when I was diagnosed and for a few months after I lost A LOT of hair. I first noticed it when I was in the hospital at diagnosis. whenever I would wake up or sit up or whatever, my pillow would have a bunch of hair on it. I didn't really think that much of it for those few days I was in the hospital, but when I got home it kept happening, and I think the hair loss actually got worse. whenever I brushed my hair or had a shower my hair would fall out in handfuls basically.
I'm going to be honest, it really freaked me out at first. I was worried that the hair loss wouldn't stop, or that all of my hair would fall out. this hair loss continued for about three to four months and it did start to slow down. I think in total I lost about a quarter to a third of my hair, but I had pretty thick hair to start with so it was never that noticable to anyone but me and maybe my mom unless I pointed it out.
from everyone I've talked to and everything I've read, this is perfectly normal and it isn't necessarily permanent! whenever the body goes through a big stress, like severe DKA and high blood sugars and getting diagnosed with diabetes, it stops going things that it doesn't think are really "necessary". apparently, one of those things is growing hair! from what I understand, when my body went through the big stress DKA, a bunch of my hairs got on the same grow/shed cycle and all decided to shed at once. because of this stress on my body, I also didn't have a period for about three months, same kind of thing!
in October I started to notice my hair loss had really slowed down, which I was definitely happy about, about now hair is falling out at the same rate it was before I was diagnosed. and my hair is definitely growing back! in the first two photos I took a few days ago, all of those fly aways and poof are new hair growth! I'm happy that my hair is growing out but it's definitely a look 😆 the other few pictures are older and show a little bit more of my progress! (continued in comments)