Can Diabetes Hair Loss Be Reversed?

Can Diabetes Hair Loss Be Reversed

Can Diabetes Hair Loss Be Reversed?

Can Diabetes Hair Loss Be Reversed
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.


Are you experiencing hair loss with diabetes? There is a reason for that, and I will cover it in detail. I will answer if your hair will regrow when your diabetes is under control?

If you manage your diabetes, you can reverse hair loss. High blood sugar levels are the cause of hair loss. The hair follicles need a healthy blood supply, but high blood sugar levels can cause veins and capillaries to become blocked.

Will hair loss from diabetes grow back?

Being diagnosed with diabetes is a scary proposition for most people, and the thought of losing your hair compounds the problem further.

Diabetes is a hormone condition where you become sensitive to insulin, and insulin no longer does its job allowing blood sugars to elevate.

In some cases, elevated blood sugars can cause hair loss. The hair loss follows male pattern baldness. This is due to a hormone imbalance.

If you can address the core issues of diabetes, the reversal process can be rapid, and your hair will start to regrow.

In some cases where diabetes has been a long term illness, it will be unlikely for your hair to resume growth. The high sugar levels have possibly damaged the follicle.

However, if you can balance your hormones and reduce the sugar and glucose levels in your blood, there is a distinct possibility your hair will regrow.

How do you stop hair loss from diabetes?

Reduce sugar

Reducing your sugar intake will help manage your diabetes and restore your hair growth. Realise that it’s not just raw sugar intake. It’s about controlling carbs.

As a general rule, while cooking, if it’s white, don’t eat it, except cauliflower and a few other veggies.

Cut out pasta and rice; these carbs turn directly into sugar once metabolised. Bread is a big no; even whole grains can cause sugar spikes and reduce the oxygen flow to your hair follicles.

Try to adopt a Keto diet, it’s easy to do, and the results are outstanding, and you will see your hair growing in a short time.

Reduce Stress

Stress is a significant issue, and a direct cause of hair loss, Stress with diabetes can wreak havoc on your hair. Not many of you realise that when the stress hormone cortisol is surging through our veins, it temporarily reduces the effectiveness of your immune system.

The stress hormone cortisol turns off some T-cells allowing your autoimmune system to start attacking your body and, in particular, your hair follicles.

Self Help

Start a regime of therapeutic therapies to help your overall sense of well being. Your diabetes journey may be extended, and you will need all of the help you can get to reverse the condition.

Eat well

Eating a well-balanced diet full of nutrients and vitamins is essential in triggering hair regrowth. Your hair needs a good blood supply rich in oxygen and nutrients to stimulate growth.

As part of your healthy Keto diet, include a large salad daily to ensure you get the nutrients needed for hair growth.

Consult a professional hair care specialist

Take some positive action. If you are experiencing hair loss, get some professional support and advice on the best ways to rejuvenate your hair to encourage regrowth.

Select shampoos and conditioners

Shampoos and conditioners can be full of harsh chemicals. Ditch these types of shampoos and treat your hair with some level of care.

Some expensive shampoos with anti-frizz and anti-tangle remedies may sound great, but they can leave a residue on the hair shaft and around the hair follicle, causing hair loss.


A workout can mean different things to many of us. Working out can be a fast way to encourage hair regrowth. A trip to the gym to pump iron is not required but would be perfect.

Walk briskly every day for thirty minutes. In conjunction with controlling your sugar intake, you will see the benefits quickly, and one benefit will be hair regrowth.

Can metformin reverse hair loss?

There is no direct link to metformin and reversing hair loss. However, you can read online stories of folks coming off metformin and having catastrophic hair loss. When metformin is reinstated, the hair grows back!

The consensus is that metformin causes hair loss and does not reverse it. One of the apparent reasons metformin causes hair loss is that it causes vitamin B12.

To overcome vitamin B12 deficiency, you will be advised to eat a diet rich in vitamin B12 or to have vitamin B12 shots to bypass the gut.

Now let’s talk about metformin topical cream for hair loss.

Having established that taking metformin to control diabetes may cause hair loss, we must look at metformin topical cream for alopecia.

Metformin topical cream has received excellent results in clinical trials where Minoxidil and other well-known hair rejuvenating treatments have failed to produce significant results.

A 10% mix of metformin with a carrier cream stimulates hair growth and reverses hair loss.

If you have alopecia, this could be the drug you were looking for, and Metformin topical cream outperformed the best-known mouses and creams traditionally prescribed for hair loss.

Applying metformin topically does not have the same side effects as taking metformin orally.

Does low blood sugar cause hair loss?

Having low blood sugars may suggest your food intake is insufficient and sufficient in nutrients.

It’s not the low blood sugars that are a significant concern for hair loss, but it could be a symptom of low iron.

If your iron levels are depleted due to a poor diet, you will start to lose hair in connection with low blood sugars.

Sugar gets a bad wrap in most cases. It is justified, but often we need a blast of energy, and a sugary drink or snack bar can do the trick.

But low blood sugars alone do not cause hair loss.


Lifestyle changes tend to be the best way to stop hair loss with diabetes. You would need to look into getting a hair transplant if you want your hairline back.

Remember to consultant with healthcare professionals. It’s incredibly important to work with a healthcare professional, such as an endocrinologist or trichologist, to determine the underlying cause of hair loss and develop an appropriate treatment plan, when it relates to diabetes.

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

Fortunately, researchers in Norway succeeded in stopping hair loss and promoting regrowth in 63.9% of test participants by using fish proteins!

Although not flawless … fish proteins, minerals, and antioxidants have a positive effect on strengthening hair.

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