• Question: Is it normal for grey hair to grow at a young age

    Asked by 379purple26 to Simon, Jelili on 15 May 2018.
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      Jelili Mustapha answered on 15 May 2018:

      It is possible. It depends on genetical make-up of the individual. If the individual parents exhibit the gene that makes them have grey hair at young age, the individual might also grow grey hair early in life.

      If you notice that you are growing a grey hair, it is advisable to see a doctor because it might also be an indication of underlying disease

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      Simon Masha answered on 15 May 2018:

      Whether or not you get those “premature” greys depends almost entirely on your genetics, but researchers are still figuring out exactly which genes are involved. Having said that, there are a few health issues that can contribute to premature grey hair, though having grey hairs in your 20s doesn’t automatically mean there’s something wrong. Of course, grey hairs won’t be your only symptoms, but knowing that they could be linked with something health-related may help you figure out why you’re the only one in your family blessed enough to be dealing with them at your age. The following are the factors that have associated with prematurely grey hair; Thyroid Disorders, Autoimmune Disorders, Vitamin B12 deficiency, Anemia and Smoking. There is a debate on whether there is a connection between stress and grey hair, but conclusive research is yet to be done. If you suspect the grey hair is associated with a health condition it is advisable to visit a doctor.