Gray Hair Can Tell You A Lot About Your Body

May 10, 2017

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They're plucked and they're dyed in many cases, but gray hair not only is a sign of our biological age, they can also be a window into your health. Generally, gray hair begins to start for Caucasians in their mid-30s, Asians in their late 30s, and African-Americans in their mid-40s.For instance, it can be a sign of low vitamin B12, which is essential for the production of red blood cells. Younger people with premature graying hair should check with their doctor to make sure vitamin levels are normal.  Smokers are 2/12 times more likely to have premature gray hair, according to one report, which says chemicals in the smoke can not only turn your hair gray but cause your hair to fall out.  For men, gray hair can signal an increased risk of heart disease.  Although the study is small, there is some evidence that points to graying hair and an increase likelihood of heart disease.  Of course, gray hair can be just in your genes. Scientist have pinpointed the gene responsible for gray hair.  Perhaps in the future they may be able to turn that gene off.  However gray hair is a universal sign of life experience and you've worked hard to earn those stripes!

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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