Hi! I was diagnosed about two years ago and I had a very similar experience. I did not go into DKA, but at diagnosis my A1C was 13.7. About a month after starting on insulin, I started losing hair, and it just kept falling out. I don’t know how much I lost, but it felt like I had nothing left! My doctor assured me that it had nothing to do with insulin, but I have heard of a lot of people experiencing hair loss after diagnosis. Theories: 1. Your body is going through an incredible amount of physical and emotional stress as you start to figure out a new normal, and stress can definitely cause hair loss. 2. Your body has essentially been starving itself for months, so once you are able to use glucose and your body goes back to a healthy state, you can begin to regrow hair, so your head sheds all the old to bring in the new! I’m not a doctor, but both of those explanations made sense to me. =)
My hair did grow back and maybe within 6 months to a year I felt it was “normal”. I have really long hair tho, so it took a while to catch up.
I hope that helps. Hang in there. Your body is going through a lot and it will just take time to figure it all out. But you will get there!!