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  1. Standard member Traveling Again
    I'm 1/4 Ninja
    29 Dec '08 22:43
    I know going gray is natural for many of us, but does stress speed up the graying process?
  2. 09 Jan '09 04:35
    Originally posted by Traveling Again
    I know going gray is natural for many of us, but does stress speed up the graying process?
    John McCain is a good example. He left the prison in Hanoi with white hair. Recent trauma is causing my hair to fall out. It is already white/grey from old age.
  3. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    11 Jan '09 03:10
    The wisdom of the street certainly claims that stress grays the hair, but I'm not certain what science supports this belief. It is an interesting question.
  4. 03 Feb '09 07:06
    it does and i have proof in my cat.

    while he was very sick gray spots came up on his fir. the vet had no explanation for it other than stress.
  5. 04 Feb '09 12:10 / 1 edit
    I believe that the lack of certain vitamins or other things the body needs can cause gray hair. It wouldn't surprise me if stress had negative effects on the bodies ability to absorb vitamins or caused the body to use up vitamins etc in larger quantities. In general stress does have a negative impact on health.

    However, most people get gray hair with age and it would be difficult to differentiate people going gray from stress and people going gray with age unless there are some people who go gray and then gain back their color after the stress is removed.

    My father and my siblings suffer from Vitamin B12 deficiency (clearly a genetic condition). My father had snow white hair from his twenties and a doctor told him that it might have been caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency. I and my siblings are all starting to go gray in our thirties. But it is quite possible that the two have no connections.