Gray Hair at 35 – Tribune Online


I am a 35 year old teacher. While my older siblings still have black hair, my own hair is starting to turn gray. Please let me know what to do about this.

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Graying hair occurs when the hair follicles produce less melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. Hair turns gray when color-producing cells stop producing pigment. Naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide can also build up in the hair, causing the color to fade. Going gray in and of itself doesn’t mean you have a medical problem, except in rare cases. Contrary to popular belief, stress has not been shown to cause gray hair. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why some people go gray early, but genes play a big role. The myth that gray hair makes you old is just that – a myth. If you were young, vibrant, active, healthy pre-grey, you still would be. However, sometimes gray hair indicates a disease, especially if it occurs at a particularly young age. Also, a vitamin B12 deficiency or problems with your pituitary gland or thyroid gland can cause premature graying that is reversible if the problem is corrected.

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