Is Stress Turning President Obama’s Hair Gray?
The demands of office appear to be taking a follicular toll on the president of the U.S.
It’s not easy being the leader of the free world. Just ask Barack Obama. He’s dealing with two wars, a global recession, millions of Americans out of work, and a healthcare package that can’t seem to get approved. It’s enough to stress out even the calmest person!
So I’m not really surprised to notice that the 47-year-old’s hair has started to go gray. And I mean really gray. Not just a salt-and-pepper George Clooney kinda sexy sprinkling of gray; we’re talking a full head of old-man hair.
Yikes! Is that what six high-pressure months as Commander-in-Chief can do to a guy? According to experts, the answer is yes.
MedPie.com‘s dermatology expert Dr. Bobby Buka explains that gray hair is caused by a decrease in the enzyme tyrosinase, and while advanced age can account for low levels of the enzyme, “significant emotional stress or sudden psychic trauma (‘I’ve seen a ghost!’) can also result in markedly depressed tyrosinase levels.”
While it’s entirely probable that the Obama clan is sharing the White House with the ghosts of presidents past, I don’t think an encounter with a spectral Abe Lincoln is to blame for Obama’s need of Just for Men.