A 30-year-old member asked:
Why does stress cause gray hair?
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Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
We don't yet know: According to scientific american, "scientists are beginning to gather clues that stress can hasten the graying process, but there is no scientific evidence demonstrating a cause-and-effect relationship." the possible explanations are technical and have to do with the effects of stress hormones interfering with the delivery of pigment to the hair. Genetic programing certainly plays a big role.
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Psychiatry 25 years experience
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Is gray hair caused by stress? Or is it hereditary?
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Psychiatry 36 years experience
Both: The tendency for hair to turn gray (or fall out, as in male-pattern baldness) is hereditary: some people get gray hair "prematurely", i.e., before most other people; for others it takes decades longer. However, emotional stress or physical illness can make gray hair appear sooner. For example, us presidents often gets a lot of gray during their 4 or 8 years in office (check pics online).
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Last updated Aug 16, 2017
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