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Gray hair in your 20s?

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Premature hair graying (PHG) is a phenomena that occurs before the age of 20 in whites, 25 in Asians, and 30 in Africans.



6% - 23% of people have 50% gray hair by 50 years of age. [1]


-Self-diagnosable
-Lab tests not required


Causes of premature graying include:
-Smoking
-Inadequate diet leading to deficiencies of vitamins like B-6, B-12, biotin, vitamin D, or vitamin E, or minerals like copper.
-Oxidative stress
-Exposure to excessive heat or pollution
-Consumption of water high in cadmium


Both sexes are equally affected.


Symptoms


Gray hair is coarser, stiffer, and less manageable than pigmented hair


Treatment


Self-care
Do not consume alcohol or smoke tobacco. Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Consume foods rich in antioxidants like:
-Fresh vegetables and fruits
-Green tea
-Olive oil
-Fish
-Seafood, meat and eggs are good sources of vitamin B-12
-Milk, cheese and salmon are excellent sources of vitamin D.


Medication
Medication is rarely recommended. However, medicated oils and creams may be suggested. Over-the-counter multivitamins are suggested.


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