Dr Oz: What Does Gray Hair Say About Your Health?
Gray hair could happen to all of us as we age, but Dr Oz said that more than a few hairs for people under 40 could be a health warning of low B12, Thyroid disorder, or Vitiligo.
Dr Oz B12: Gray Hair Plus Lightened Hair All Over
Audience member Tara said she spotted her first gray hair at age 18. In the past year, she has been exhausted and has noticed more gray than ever. What does this mean? Dr Oz said it may be a sign of B12 deficiency.
Vitamin B12 is special because it helps hair follicle enzymes to create pigments. The good news is that this is easy to treat and correct. It can also lead to anemia, which is preventable as well.
Dr Oz Thyroid: Gray Hair Plus Brittle Dry Hair
Melissa said that she has gray hair that has gotten dry and brittle over the past two years. That can be a sign of Thyroid Disorder. Dr Oz said that this should not a be a surprise for some people.
In fact, Melissa’s exhaustion followed by gray hair could have been early indicators of her diagnosis. The Thyroid gland is located in the neck, where it secretes hormones and causes them to become stronger, firmer, and darker.
But if the Thyroid is not working properly, it will result in gray, short and coarse hair. Thyroid medication can help to manage this condition and balance the hormones correctly.
Dr Oz Vitiligo: Gray Hair Plus Some White Hair
Last up was Ty, who has had gray hair since she started menstruating in her teens. But if you have a pattern or patch of gray or white hair concentrated in a particular area, it may be a symptom of Vitiligo.
Vitiligo can also be a skin condition that causes a pure white patch. It is an autoimmune problem that affects many people. Immune cells could be attacking your hair pigment cells, causing it to change colors.
If you think one of these could be the explanation for your gray hair, check in with your doctor for personalized treatment options.