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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Why does stress cause gray hair?

Why does stress cause gray hair?

Graying of hair is: Related to genetic predisposition. The age of initial graying is largely a matter of genetics. However stressors such as nutritional deficiencies, traumatic head injuries, low vitamin b levels, zinc deficiency, severe illness, surgery and marked emotional stress may impact earlier depigmentation in people who are already predisposed to gray hair. In general – genetics plays the biggest role. ...Read more

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Is gray hair caused by stress? Or is it hereditary?

Is gray hair caused by stress?  Or is it hereditary?

Primarily Heredity: The age of initial graying is largely a matter of genetics. However stressors such as nutritional deficiencies, traumatic head injuries, low vitamin b levels, zinc deficiency, severe illness, surgery and marked emotional stress may impact earlier depigmentation in people who are already predisposed to gray hair. In general – genetics plays the biggest role. ...Read more

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I noticed some grey hair in my scalp near the follicles1; is this normal to appear at that age ?!what are the possible causes!!can it be bec of stress?!how to prevent this from spreading

I noticed some grey hair in my scalp near the follicles1; is this normal to appear at that age ?!what are the possible causes!!can it be bec of stress?!how to prevent this from spreading

Prob normal: Anyone in family grey. It will progress as you get older. Stress may speed up the process but there is no natural way to prevent this. You can color. But that is not preventing. Just covering ...Read more

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Is it rare to get grey hair from stress?

Is it rare to get grey hair from stress?

Stress Depigmentatio: Stress can lead to earlier depigmentation of hair that is already genetically predisposed to graying. However, in general, hair loss is more associated with stress than hair graying. ...Read more

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After age 30 I've seen significant health related changes and they are still happening such as grey hair, sensitivity to foods, more life stress. Why?

After age 30 I've seen significant health related changes and they are still happening such as grey hair, sensitivity to foods, more life stress. Why?

Grey hair and stress: Hello JenniferL, it sounds like you're aging. Normal aging happens on a continuum. Some people will go gray or bald in their 50's but other people go bald in their 40's, 30's even 20's. I would recommend that you eat healthy, stay active and have a check up with your medical provider to make sure that you don't have any vitamin deficiencies or hormonal problems speeding up the process. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it true that gray hair comes from stress and not from getting old?

1. Genetics. 2. Age: 3. Stressors. The age of initial graying is largely a matter of genetics. However stressors such as nutritional deficiencies, traumatic head injuries, low vitamin b levels, zinc deficiency, severe illness, surgery and marked emotional stress may impact earlier depigmentation in people who are already predisposed to gray hair. In general – genetics plays the biggest role. ...Read more

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17; I have grey hair, people say it's wisdom hair or it's because I'm under stress be's the reason. I don't comply, why do I have grey hair at age 17?

Genetics: If you father or mother had grey hair at a young age in all likelihood you will too. Check back in your family tree and see how many persons became prematurely grey. ...Read more

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What causes pre mature grey hair?

Genetics: Our hair is generally preprogrammed by our genes to stop making pigment that gives it color. Rarely, a medical illness, stressors or medical treatments, like chemotherapy, can change our hair color or cause a lack of color(white or gray). Ask older relatives when they saw their first gray hair. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Gray Hair (Definition)

Gray hair is a clinical finding in which a person's hair is gray. This ...Read more