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A 43-year-old member asked:

apparently my 96 yo aunt is finally getting mostly gray hair. what condition could cause this?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
Grey hair=OLD age: Do you mean 'she is just now getting grey hair' then i call that : good genes! when hair turns grey to white what is happenning is: the hair is losing pigment (melanin) , which is the normal aging process. Congrats to your aunt's longevity!

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you actually get old and develop gray hair if you are ill for long periods of time?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Gray hair: Yes. Persistent illness often leads both to nutritional deficiencies and to side-effects from medications. A common example is patients who have cancer where their chemotherapy causes severe hair damage. Think of chronic illness as a process that accelerates aging. Focusing on a healthy diet with routine vitamin supplementation is probably the best thing one can do in this situation.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Why do some people who are young get gray hair?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Different heredity: Hair greyness is a bell shaped curve distribution and some are on the early side of this curve and get grey hair at a young age. It is not due to diet or lifestyle.
A 32-year-old member asked:

I know people that are young who have gray hair. How can that happen?

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Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Grey hair: It is often hereditary. The pigmented cells, melanocytes, stop producing pigment and the hair turns grey. Less commonly, an illness or medication can change hair a different color or grey.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of gray hair in young people?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Early onset in some: Hair greyness is a bell shaped curve distribution and some are on the early side of this curve and get grey hair at a young age. It is not due to diet or lifestyle.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What could be a reason to get gray hair at 31 years old?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Graying of hair is: Related to genetic predisposition. Age of initial graying is largely a matter of genetics. However stressors: nutritional deficiencies, chemotherapy, traumatic head injuries, low vitamin b levels, zinc deficiency, severe illness, surgery ; marked emotional stress may impact earlier depigmentation in people who are already predisposed to gray hair. Aging is a significant factor. In general –.

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