Gray hair is a natural attribute of age. Some take it calmly while others try to hide it as soon as possible.
However, if you see graying hair in a person who isn’t 30 yet, it could be a sign of alarm. We at Bright Side decided to find out what the untimely silver in your hair may mean.
Consult a cardiologist if you’re a man and you notice rapid graying of your hair. Scientists revealed that it is often associated with a high risk of ischemic heart disease. IHD shows no symptoms at its initial stage, so pay attention to this particular sign.
Source: European Association of Preventive Cardiology
Normally, the hair follicles produce a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. However, when it accumulates, it discolors your hair. This condition can be treated with a UVB-activated compound, which is also used for skin pigmentation disorders.
Sources: University of Bradford, The American Association for the Advancement
of Science journal
Sometimes, to stop the graying of the hair, it’s enough to keep a balanced diet: scientists found out that a lack of vitamin D3 results in a loss of melanin (a substance that gives color to the skin and hair). The same goes for a lack of vitamin B12.
Sources: US National Library of Medicine, GH
Smokers shouldn’t be surprised by early silver either. It’s proven now that smoking causes you to grow gray hair much faster than if you’ve never touched a cigarette. This habit also provokes early loss of hair too.
Source: US National Library of Medicine
Early gray doesn’t always mean health issues, though; sometimes it’s all about genes.
Untimely graying of hair can be a signal of natural peculiarities of your body, not only of problems. For example, people whose parents had graying hair before 30 notice their first silver hairs at a similar age. Scientists have even found genes that are responsible for early graying of hair and are hereditary.