Study reveals that Stress turns hair grey

August 23rd, 2011 - 8:19 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Aug 23 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has revealed that stress could cause the hair to turn grey. The researchers admitted that the research is still in the early stages. The researchers studied the effect of adrenalin on the body.

The researchers say though adrenalin is good for the body when it is in immediate danger, long time effect can alter the DNA structure of the person. The researchers gave doses of adrenalin to mice and studied the effect that it had on the creatures during the research.

Lead Researcher Professor Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University, North Carolina explained that, “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.”

The study was published in the journal Nature.

The scientists believe that fully understanding how the adrenalin affects the body will help in future drug development that will help correct early graying.

In a previous research which was carried out by British scientists, it was reported that excess hydrogen peroxide which are deposited at the roots of the hair is responsible for hair graying.

Gray hair occurs when the body fails to produce hair pigmentation.

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