However it may also be related to conditions like having an under or overactive thyroid, acute anaemia, intestinal diseases or pituitary gland disorders.' So what's driving the rise in premature greying? Our lifestyle may play a part, says Professor Desmond Tobin, director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at University Of Bradford.
Smoking, in particular, is associated with early greying.' Alongside giving up your unhealthy vices, eating more antioxidant-rich food like fruit and veg could help keep grey hair at bay.
Some diseases may cause premature greying
, for example diabetes, pernicious anaemia or thyroid problems.