Aging is a natural process that happens to everyone, yet no one wants to look like they are getting older. As we age, our skin loses collagen, our metabolisms slow, and usually, our hair begins to gray. But did you know that gray hair can also reflect health issues within the body, not just aging? Gray hair at an early age has a number of potential causes and can potentially be a sign of significant health problems. A few strands may not mean anything, but rapidly graying or thinning hair is cause for concern. If you have developed gray hair prematurely and suddenly, consider the following and if necessary, speak to a medical professional for an examination.


You may have Vitamin Deficiency

Our hairs contain melanin, a substance that gives our hair its pigmentation. Seeing your hair go gray early might have formed from low levels of certain vitamins.  B12 is notorious for causing hair to lose its pigmentation, as well as D3. You need to start including a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to ensure that you don’t miss out on important nutrients that help you retain the natural color of your hair

Thyroid ProblemsOne of the effects of hyperthyroidism is changes in the hair- these can include changes in the texture or the color of hair, and can even result in hair loss. Hair may become fragile and fall out if the thyroid problem is not properly treated.

You are/were smokers

If the correlation between heart disease and gray hair is any indication, then bad habits like smoking are also contributors to hair discoloration. This is because smoking can lead to complications like high cholesterol or high blood pressure. The chemicals and cigarette smoke can cause damage to many parts of the body, including the blood vessels; they weaken the blood vessels and make them more rigid, increasing blood pressure.

You may have risk Of Heart Disease

According to a recent study published by the European Society of Cardiology, gray hair is linked with an increased risk of heart disease in men.

In the study 545 men were divided into 2 groups based on 2 factors, how much gray hair they had and whether or not they had coronary heart disease. They graded the amount of gray hair on each man’s head on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 indicated that the participant had almost no gray hair and 5 indicated that the participant’s head was purely white. The researcher also collected data on whether or not the men had diabetes, hypertension, smoking habits, and a family medical history of heart disease.The results of the study showed that men with a hair score of 3 or more had an increased risk of coronary artery disease regardless of their chronological age. And, the participants who already had coronary artery disease had a significantly higher hair score than those who did not. The findings of the study can be used to establish a scoring system to evaluate the graying of hair as a predictor of coronary heart disease in future.

Gray is in the genes

In some cases, your hair may gray prematurely purely because of your genes. If your parents or your grandparents suffered from premature graying of hair then you may do too. It’s just that your body may produce less melanin, the pigment that gives color to hair, because of your genetic makeup.