Section : Notes de congrès/conférences

Getting White Hair Early: Risk Factors

  • Premature Hair Greying (PMG) is a source of low self esteem.
  • In this study from South Korea the authors sought to investigate risk factors for early white hair.
  • In this cross-sectional study, questionnaires were given to men under the age of 30
  • This involved a total of 6390 males, after a pilot-study enrolling 1069 subjects (mean age 20.2 years)
  • Results showed that the risk factors were:
    • family history of PMG (odds ratio (OR) = 12.82)
    • obesity (OR =2.61)
    • smoking (5 pack years or more, OR =1.61)
    • Having an affected father increased the OR to 14.84, whereas the OR was 2.92 if the mother was affected.
    • There was NO correlation with: past medical or surgical history, androgenic alopecia, medication, drinking, exercise, diet
    • education and scholarly achievement
    • In addition to this it was shown that the severity of PMG was proportional to the degree of obesity (OR 2.22) as well as the family history (OR 2.63)
  • Comments:
    • Oxidative stress are results of obesity and smoking
    • The study did NOT concern females.


Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland

Source of information: Risk factors for premature hair graying: family history, smoking and obesity. P050 – Shin H. et al. IPCC2014 Singapore