Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Lavonia, Georgia, USA:

My 13 year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes for about five years, and, just this past year, has not had good control. In the last month or so, her hair has been falling out. Should I be concerned?


Hair loss is common around the time of diagnosis as any acute illness can cause this temporary phenomenon -- same as ridges on the nails. However, later hair loss is less usual. Has your daughter got any other skin problems, e.g. pale patches? Alopecia is occasionally associated with diabetes. Tell your team about this symptom so that they can properly assess your daughter and arrange any necessary tests.


[Editor's comment: This could represent a thyroid abnormality. If your daughter has not been tested, ask her physician to do so. SS]

Original posting 26 Aug 2001
Posted to Other


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.