Most people notice their first gray hairs in their thirties (age 30 for men, age 35 for women, on average). Those hairs are usually on the head. Body hair tends to turn gray a little bit later, and may not ever turn gray in some people. Hair turns gray when the melanocytes in the hair follicle slow down their production of pigment, causing hair color to turn gray initially, then white when there is no pigment left.
Zeba S. Geloo, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursInternal Medicine Associates
110 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010
- Kaiser Permanente Health Plans
- MDIPA/MAMSI (UnitedHealthcare)
- Optimum Choice/MAMSI (UnitedHealthcare)
- United Healthcare
- Washington Hospital Center
At what age is it normal for my private area hair to turn gray?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
What supplements can a senior adult take to stay healthy?
Sharine Forbes, Gerontology, answeredI am an advocate of taking garlic supplements because it is an antioxidant and slows down the growth of abnormal cells.Helpful? 5 people found this helpful.
How can I motivate a senior citizen to exercise?
Anthony Cirillo, Gerontology, answeredSome ways to keep seniors motivated to exercise include: focusing on small accomplishments rather than lofty goals; using exercise time as social time; and using a bathroom scale to track progress. Different methods of motivating seniors, including competitive drive, body-image issues, and health concerns, could be used to get seniors up and moving.
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