Is Stress Aging You?

The alleged correlation of stress and gray strands is nothing new. “You're giving me gray hairs!” is a common complaint among stressed-out parents everywhere. But could stress really be the culprit?

Duke University scientists say, “Yes.” Duke's new research further supports existing evidence that stress can cause hair to turn gray prematurely. Published in the journal Nature, the study found that while undergoing severe stress, our bodies release chemicals that can damage DNA and cause us to look older.

The experiment was conducted on mice that were infused with a compound similar to adrenaline. Their chronic stress resulted in DNA damage. “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 graying hair, to life-threatening disorders like malignancies," said senior author Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD. Additional studies are planned to further explore the physical effects of stress on the body. In the meantime, relax a little to save your locks.

5 Comments
  • dee
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    Well who needed a study to figure this one out. Come on folks. Just look at before and after pics of presidents in the White House. This is nothing new and please research something more worthwhile and stop insulting my intelligence.

  • Cindy
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    I believe this to be very true! I had a job that was causing me so much stress it was unbelievable how crazy that office was. Thank God I no longer work there however, my face aged ten years very, very quickly! I wonder if it is reversible????

  • Anne Welch
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    I lost my father last December. I saw myself on video at the memorial service and I looked 20 years older. Trying to fight back but it's hard. Take-away: cherish every second you spend with the people you love.

  • Anon
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    My job has aged me tremendously over the past three years. I look completely worn down in every way. The stress levels are extreme and it truly isn't worth it.

  • adepressedgal
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    thats for sure. My hair has been coming in white since 32. I believe it cause autoimmune disorders like sjogrens. It happened during an emotional stressor while having mono. Life is hard. Have gratitude for those of you who have it easy. I don't.

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