Stress does turn your hair grey says research
Post by John Chappels
on 23 August 2011 in Health & Wellbeing
Stress can make your hair go grey says latest research.
Scientists from Duke University in North Carolina, USA, have discovered a link between high levels of stress and damage to DNA which controls the colour of our hair and how old or young we look. Research shows that stress triggers chemicals to be released into the body which in turn can cause damage to DNA, making us look older and be more susceptible to disease.
Damage done to the p53 protein – which protects our cells from abnormalities – could be the reason why hair turns grey from prolonged stress.
Professor Robert Lefkowitz, who carried out the research, said: “This could give us a plausible explanation of how chronic stress may lead to a variety of human conditions and disorders, which range from merely cosmetic, like greying hair, to life-threatening disorders like malignancies.”
Dr Makoto Hara, co-researcher, added: “The study showed chronic stress leads to prolonged lowering of p53 levels.”