It has been said that stress can make your hair go gray, or worse, it can cause you to lose your hair. But how sure are we that it can really affect your hair that way?
Even though people sometimes feel like tearing all of his or her hair off because of personal, economic, and work-related stress, stress is not likely to be the direct cause of hair turning gray. People, specially women being very emotional that they are, tend to experience so much stress not just a point in their life but almost in every single day. Stress is not always work-related. Sometimes, it can be associated with anxiety and depression which are often experienced by people who had a very rough life in the past. Such examples are those US, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean comfort women that have suffered abuse and harassment before. It is very difficult to forget those kind of experiences and is very likely to contribute in what ;s stressing out women.
Studies have shown that unavoidable damage to the DNA in cells that produce the pigment responsible for hair color is most likely the culprit. But can stress accelerate the aging process and, as a result, cause you to go gray sooner than you otherwise would? This is somehow debatable.
Short-term, everyday stress is not going to affect your body in such a way that your hair falls out. It takes something larger to be able to do that. Something that causes you to lose sleep, or changes your appetite and raises the level of stress hormones.
A variety of stressors may cause your body to undergo hair loss. It happens when there’s some type of physiological change in your system. For instance you go on or off an oral contraceptive. Or you lose more than 15 pounds of weight. Things like this change the physiological balance in your system. Other stressors could include:
- A strict low-calorie diet
- Lower estrogen levels after childbirth
- Severe illness
- High fever
- Major surgery
- Severe infections
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