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I have a 10 year old daughter that was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with Type 1 diabetes. She has recently started to lose her hair by the handfuls. Is this common when just starting with insulin?


A quick look at the recent medical literature, and my personal experience looking after hundreds of young Type 1 diabetic patients for over 20 years did not indicate any relationship of hair loss with the disease and/or insulin treatment even when just starting. I also showed your question to our dermatologist who excluded diabetes and insulin as the possible causes for your daughter's hair loss.


Additional Comments from Linda Mackowiak, diabetes nurse specialist:

I don't have any literature to back this up, but I've seen a few patients with mild hair loss ofter diabetic ketoacidosis (as can happen after any other major acute illness).


[Editor's comment: If not yet done, thyroid disease should be excluded, by obtaining a blood test called a TSH. WWQ]

Original posting 9 Sep 97


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