Unsightly strands of gray hair on your head are always unwelcome. They often indicate that you are getting older. But, what if they arrive prematurely in your 20s or early 30s? Premature graying of hair indicates more than just your biological age. You may be suffering from certain health issues, but you may not be aware of them. In certain instances, your body may try to warn you of these issues in the form of gray hair. One or two strands here and there may not be a cause for concern, but if you need to get your hair dyed often or if you need to try new hairstyles to cover up areas of gray hair, then you need to exercise caution. You need to take some time to assess why your hair may be graying prematurely. Here are some of the health issues gray hair may signal.
1. You May Have An Increased Risk Of Heart Disease
According to a study published by the European Society of Cardiology, men with gray hair have an increased risk of heart disease.1 In the study 545 men were divided into 2 groups based on 2 factors, how much gray hair they had and whether or not they had coronary heart disease. They graded the amount of gray hair on each man’s head on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 indicated that the participant had almost no gray hair and 5 indicated that the participant’s head was purely white. The researcher also collected data on whether or not the men had diabetes, hypertension, smoking habits, and a family medical history of heart disease.
The results of the study showed that men with a hair score of 3 or more had an increased risk of coronary artery disease regardless of their chronological age. And,
2. Your Hair Follicles May Be Suffering From Oxidative Stress
Your hair follicles produce small quantities of hydrogen peroxide, which has the ability to bleach hair. Such minute quantities of hydrogen peroxide do not harm your hair, but if a build up occurs, it leads to the development of massive oxidative stress, which bleaches your hair from inside out. If oxidative stress is the reason for your gray hair, it can be remedied by topical treatments.
3. You May Have a Vitamin Deficiency
4. You Are Or You May Have Been A Smoker
Smokers are two and a half times more likely to develop gray hair prematurely than those who do not smoke. Smoking also damages your hair follicles and can even lead to baldness.
5. You May Have Gray In Your Genes
In some cases,
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