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Hair whitening, which is considered one of the visible signs of aging, can sometimes occur at a very early age. So if you think you’re the only one whose hair started to turn white at a young age, you’re wrong. Early bleaching of hair is a fairly common problem, and as disturbing as it is, it can be a sign of another underlying problem! How about learning the causes that whiten your hair at a young age and what you need to do to prevent this condition? If you’re ready, we’ll start explaining.

1- Experiencing vitamin B12 deficiency

According to experts, the biggest cause that leads to bleaching of hair at a young age is a deficiency of vitamin B12.

This deficiency can also cause thinning and hair loss.

To avoid this, include foods such as eggs, veal, tuna and salmon in your diet. You can also supplement B12 by consulting a specialist if necessary.

2- Problems with thyroid function

Studies have shown that thyroid problems affect hair from Root to tip.

If you are having problems with whitening, breaking, or greasing your hair, it may be because your thyroid does not work well enough.

3- Consume more junk food instead of healthy foods

Not eating healthy can also cause your hair to whiten early.

A variety of studies on this subject confirm that a deficiency of ferritin, calcium, vitamin D, copper, zinc and iron can lead to this problem.

4- Experience constant stress and anxiety

Being stressed and anxious affects the stem cells responsible for the regeneration of your hair, leading to premature bleaching in your hair.

5- Being genetically predisposed

Yes, your white hair may have been inherited from your parents or grandparents.

According to dermatologists, our genetic codes have a big role in determining when our hair will turn white.

So if someone in your family has gray hair at an early age, you’re more likely to experience the same thing.

6- Use chemical hair products and harmful dyes

Most hair products, from shampoos to hair dyes, can cause hair whitening.

The harmful chemicals contained in these products reduce the level of melanin, which leads to your hair losing its natural color.

7- Ways to prevent hair whitening seen at age 13

Protect your hair from the harmful effects of the sun. If possible, use a hat or similar parts when you go out.

Stay as far away from curling irons and hair dryers as possible. Comb your hair using a wide hair brush.

Massage your hair regularly with coconut oil.

Add cabbage, almonds, carrot juice and broccoli to your daily diet.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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