I’ve had T1D for 24 years and Hashimoto’s for 21 years. I’ve received very little information about Hashimoto’s, which means that the little that I know has come from my attempt at reliable research on the internet…so much that could be said here, but you get my drift. My A1C has been between 5.9 and 7.1 for 22 years. Most of the time, my blood sugars are relatively well controlled. All of this said, I have struggled with nail biting and brittle nails/cuticles for a long time. I know that brittle nails & cuticles are a symptom of thyroid disease, but I don’t know much about it. I moisturize, hydrate, monitor my thyroid levels, and work to have a relatively balanced, healthy life, but my nails are always about the same (thin-ish, fairly brittle and prone to lots of shredded hang nails, which encourages the nail biting a bit). I know that nail biting is a symptom of anxiety, for which I’ve already received help, but the habit has been hard to kill. I eat a pretty healthy diet with lots of fresh produce, lean meats, and mostly unprocessed food. I don’t take biotin, but I have before. I live in a dry desert climate, but have most of my life, and when I have lived in more humid climates, the symptoms have been similar. I moisturize with lotion several times a day. It’s probably also worthwhile to mention that i don’t do anything to my nails most of the time and prefer to keep them short and unpainted.
Given all of this context, my questions are:
(1) Has anyone on here with both T1D and Hashimoto’s found some regimen that has genuinely helped our nails and cuticles to improve?
(2) Has anyone struggled with nail biting, but also been successful at turning around the habit? If so, what did you do that worked?