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, answeredMost 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.
What is aging?
Mark Houston, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredAging is when the body shifts from a constructive (anabolism) to a destructive (catabolism) state. Anabolism is the replenishing of the body’s systems with new and stronger tissue, a rejuvenating or building mode. Catabolism is the breaking down of the body’s physiological systems. Physiological functions peak in the twenties, plateaus in the thirties, and then begins a sharp descent in the forties. In the U.S. the “decade of vulnerability” occurs at the age of 40 to 50 years. During this time, the male ages 15.2 years and the female ages 18.6 years.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
What happens when people outgrow their roles in life?
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
We often take on responsibilities that excited and challenged us earlier in our life. As we grew, some of us forgot to “shed these old layers” and move on. Or perhaps we felt trapped because they felt secure and we thought we had too many responsibilities to be able to take the risk of changing. Others continued to get promoted to new situations as long as they continued to be successful at what they did. The promotions only stopped when they were no longer good (competent) at, or interested in, their duties. This can create a problem that has been called the “Peter Principal.” It states, “People are promoted to the level of their own incompetence.” This principal is so powerful that a very popular comic strip, Dilbert, has been built around it. One of my patients once gave me a wonderful definition of burnout. She said, “Burnout is what occurs when your soul grows too big for the role that you are playing.”
In my practice I take a simple approach. I invite my staff to grow into those roles that feel best, knowing that they can change. This results in everybody “following their bliss” and working at a level that is much more effective. Once a staffer outgrows a position, The Universe routinely sends someone else who is happy to take on the role the other person has outgrown. This seems to work much better than the usual Dilbert comic strip! You have the option of choosing how you live your life.
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