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‘Premature hair graying increasingly affecting young people in Hyderabad’ 

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Premature graying of hair among young individuals in Hyderabad is being attributed to poor diet, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle, according to doctors and experts in Hyderabad. The condition is increasingly affecting people as young as 12-35 years old, according to Dr. Indira Pavan, MBBS, MD – Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprosy at Omega Clinics, who shares that young professionals in their 20s are experiencing premature hair graying, with silver strands becoming more prominent.
While stress and poor diet are identified as primary causes, there are several other factors that contribute to the condition. Research indicates that the age at which premature hair graying occurs varies based on factors such as age, race, and environment. Premature hair graying is defined as graying before the age of 20 in whites, 25 in Asians, and 30 in Africans, as per research findings.
Dr. Indira, an expert in the field, explains, “Along with poor nutrition and stress, the sedentary lifestyle that peaked during the COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for early hair graying. Insufficient sleep and smoking, among other factors, also contribute. While graying hair is a natural process associated with aging, it differs among races and ethnicities.”
Premature graying of hair has been a topic of discussion among trichologists and dermatologists worldwide, with numerous reported cases over the years. She further adds that young individuals often neglect their physical and mental health, leading to a rise in anxiety, depression, and digestive disorders. Factors such as genetics, hormonal imbalances, vitamin B-12 deficiency, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, and certain medication side effects can contribute to premature graying.
To prevent premature graying, experts recommend consuming antioxidant-rich foods like seasonal fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and fish. While temporary solutions like hair dyes and cosmetic therapies exist, addressing the issue internally is crucial to preventing its recurrence. Greying hair is a natural part of the aging process as melanin pigment diminishes over time. However, premature graying can cause self-consciousness and worry.
Stress, poor diet, scalp issues, genetics, and other factors can contribute to this condition.
While there is no specific medicinal treatment for premature graying, consulting with a healthcare provider can help identify underlying health issues that may be causing the condition. Hypertension, thyroid disorders, stress, and vitamin deficiencies are potential contributors. Addressing these factors can help restore the original hair color.
If the issue persists, consulting a hair specialist is recommended. A well-balanced diet that includes essential nutrients like vitamin B, iron, copper, iodine, and omega-3 should never be overlooked. Medications and therapies can be explored under expert guidance, as self-medication can result in permanent hair loss.
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