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The Real Reason Diabetics Lose Their Hair And How To Grow It Back

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For far too long the role of diet, the liver and the adrenals have been overlooked in type 2 diabetes as the cause for the disease as well as many of its symptoms, including hair loss. That changes now.


A study was done on 6,00,000 people in France who were apparently unaware of the fact that they are suffering from type 2 diabetes, and complained of hair loss. All patients having complained of hair loss had their serum glucose level checked. The study confirmed that silent diabetes can even sometimes be diagnosed via unexplained hair loss.

One of the biggest complaints from diabetics, is hair loss. There have been many reasons cited for why diabetics lose their hair. Some reasons include, high blood sugar, poor circulation, hormones, drugs used for diabetes interrupting the normal cycle of hair growth, stress and anxiety from having the disease, and last but not least, the existence of other so-called autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease and alopecia. Not once, has any study mentioned the adrenals.

It All Starts With The Liver with Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes in its infant stages is a liver issue before it becomes a pancreas issue. It is a disease that is years in the making, which is caused by a liver that has become tired, or sluggish, and weighed down with fat. Once the liver becomes fatty, and insulin resistant, it is unable to store the glucose needed to back up the pancreas during periods when you aren’t eating. This usually results in hypoglycemia or what’s known as a sugar crash.

When the liver gets sluggish it slows down the production line of the processing of sugar in the body. The organs affected are the adrenals, pancreas, and the heart. Overtime as this disease goes unchecked you will see warning symptoms of progression. These symptoms are high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sugar cravings, fatigue, heart disease and hair loss.

Fatigued Adrenals Cause Hair Loss

What is consistently being overlooked in the early stages and progression of type 2 diabetes is the role the adrenals play in weight loss. The adrenals are two walnut-sized glands that atop the kidneys. They are responsible for making cortisol and adrenaline.

Further, when the adrenal glands continue to be compromised long term, they'll have a lessened ability to produce cortisol, and instead produce extra adrenaline. The over production of adrenaline further slows the liver and other organs resulting in shakiness, fatigue and anxiety. What happens is, if two or three hours go by and your blood sugar drops because you haven’t eaten, your adrenals flood and just dump everything they have (adrenaline) into your bloodstream. This keeps you in a constant state of physiological stress. So, what is the best diabetes and hair loss treatment?

Diet Is Everything When It Comes To Type 2 Diabetes, Adrenal Fatigue and Hair

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The most effective diabetes and hair loss treatment that reverses both type 2 diabetes and adrenal fatigue in one fell swoop, begins with taking a good hard look at your diet.

Currently, the recommended diet for type 2 diabetes is a high protein, high fat, low carb diet that reduces blood sugar levels. While this diet might work short term, it is an absolute killer of your liver.

A peer-reviewed landmark study published in the journal Cell has confirmed that eating a high protein diet can leave you as insulin resistant as you were when you started.

This study looked at weight loss in two low calorie diets. One was a high animal protein diet and the other was a low calorie standard American-type diet. The study asked “What happens to insulin when someone loses weight?” The group losing weight on the high animal protein diet, even though it was calorie restricted and they lost ten percent of their body weight, became more insulin resistant than the group on the low calorie standard American-type diet. Therefore, it goes without saying that your practitioner-recommend diet is more a hindrance to your liver at the end of the day, than it is helpful.

People dealing with type 2 diabetes, and even type 1 diabetes, who are told by their practitioners to eat a high protein diet to manage their glucose levels are being misled, and in the end, are furthering exhausting their adrenals. This physiological stress on the organs from adrenaline is what’s resulting in their hair loss.

The study also found that high protein intake causes alterations in muscle cell structure, organization and in oxidative stress (think heart disease, kidney disease and even cancer), which are involved in preventing the therapeutic effect of weight loss on muscle insulin action.

Eat Six Small Meals A Day To Reverse Adrenal Fatigue

Not only can type 2 diabetes be reversed, so can adrenal fatigue. Many diabetics, both type 1 and type 2, get the advice to eat five-to-six small meals a day to manage their blood sugar levels. However, the real reason for eating multiple small meals throughout the day is to give your adrenals a rest. If you’re eating small meals throughout the day, particularly meals that contain both potassium and mineral salts, you are nourishing your adrenals instead of depleting them while keeping the adrenals from shooting off excess organ-damaging adrenaline.

What is more, by eating a nourishing plant-based diet, as your diabetes and hair loss treatment, that is high in carbohydrates and low in fat, will allow your liver to shed its fat and begin functioning normally again. Once the liver begins doing its job backing up the pancreas, insulin resistance will cease and the pressure on the adrenals will be off, and hair loss will stop.

Hair loss may take several months to slow so don’t become discouraged. As long as you’re nourishing yourself verses feeding yourself, keep your external (and internal) stresses low, your efforts will pay off and you hair will begin to grow back lavishly and lusciously.