Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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My Hair is Suddenly Gray

Friday, 16 Mar 2012 08:40 AM


Question: I’m a 63-year-old man whose hair is turning gray very suddenly. Only about two years ago, I hardly had a gray hair on my head. Now my hair is mostly gray. Could this be due to a medical problem or is it normal aging?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Typically, white people start going gray in their mid-30s, Asians in their late 30s, and African-Americans in their mid-40s. Half of all people have a significant amount of gray hair by the time they turn 50. Research suggests that genetics may be largely responsible for graying. Some medical condition such as autoimmune and genetic conditions, vitamin B-12 deficiency, or problems with the pituitary or thyroid gland are associated with premature graying. Recently, reports suggest that there is a connection between premature graying and lower bone density later in life.
In your case, if you are otherwise healthy, it might just be due to your age, but it’s always good to get a comprehensive medical check done.




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Sudden gray hair could be normal aging or it could be a vitamin deficiency.
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