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Is it true that excessive amounts of stress can lead to premature graying of the hair?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Premature Gray: Seeing photos of our presidents before and after their terms in office, you'd have to wonder about stress graying their hair. Still, science so far hasn't documented a direct relationship between stress and hair graying. Graying is usually genetically determined, along with multiple biochemical changes. Hair may be more likely to fall out with stress -- perhaps leaving more gray ones behind.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: 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.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it true that stress can cause premature graying of hair?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Maybe: The loss of pigment in hair comes from too rapid turn over of hair shafts from the follicles. No great cures have been proven to work. Some people think that taking biotin can help.

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