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Let’s take a look at some facts on grey hair…
You have grey hair in your genes
Grey hair is a genetic trait and the appearance of grey hair varies from person to person. You are likely going to start seeing it around the same time your parents did simply because it is in your genes. Additionally, your race and DNA makeup play a big role in the appearance of grey hair. Caucasians are known to develop grey hair in their mid-30s, Africans in their mid-40s and Asians develop it in their late 30s.
The link between smoking and premature grey hair
In 2013, the Indian Dermatology Online Journal published a study which revealed that smokers are 2 and a half times more prone to early grey hair than non-smokers. The chemicals in cigarette also do not help matters, as they destroy your hair cell resulting in hair loss. Smoking is a major risk factor to premature ageing of both the skin and hair.
Is grey hair an indication of vitamin deficiency?
Studies have revealed that people who grew grey hair prematurely have deficit amount of vitamin D3 and low levels of serum calcium and serum ferritin. In addition to this, a deficiency in Vitamin B12 is a known cause for loss of hair pigmentation. Consider more fruit and vegetables for a more balanced diet.
Grey hair may be a sign for an increased risk of heart disease
Grey hair and increased risk of heart disease in men may share a connection and here is why we think so. A study carried out by the European Society of cardiology on 545 men, based on how much grey hair these men had and if they had a coronary heart disease or not.
The amount of the grey hair was measured on a scale of 1-5, with 5 indicating an all-white hair. Data on smoking habits, family medical history, hypertension and diabetes was also collected by the scientists.
The study revealed that the men with a hair score of 3 and above were prone to an increased risk of coronary artery disease. The men who already had the coronary artery disease had a statistically higher white hair score and a higher coronary artery calcification than those men without it.