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

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Dr. Theresa Redling
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Theresa Redling
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Reasons to gray

Early. 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.

In brief: Reasons to gray

Early. 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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