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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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: 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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A wish

Gray hair is a natural aging process although quite variable in age of onset.
Their is not way to change this for yourself. There are a few accounts of people with some profound experience leading to a rapid change in the hair to gray or white. And of course chemotherapy can change the hair color and texture.

In brief: A wish

Gray hair is a natural aging process although quite variable in age of onset.
Their is not way to change this for yourself. There are a few accounts of people with some profound experience leading to a rapid change in the hair to gray or white. And of course chemotherapy can change the hair color and texture.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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