Originally posted on Busted Coverage  |  Last updated 5/23/12

Poor Manny Ramirez. There was the whole steroids suspension, the trouble with his wife & the cops and now comes the gray hair. The guy turns 40 on May 30 and it shows via these photos with Kevin Millar that were shown today on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk. Something crazy is going on with that hair because September 13, 2011, when he was arrested, his mugshot looks quite different.

0-to-60 with the gray in 8 months?

According to a Harvard Medical School report on graying hair:

Illnesses that cause gray hair

The vast majority of people with gray hair have age-related graying. However, sometimes graying hair indicates an illness, especially if it occurs at a particularly young age. Illnesses that may be heralded by gray hair include:

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Neurofibromatosis (also called Von Recklinghausen’s disease). This group of inherited diseases causes tumors to grow along nerves. It may cause the bones and skin to develop abnormally.
  • Tuberous sclerosis. An unusual, inherited condition that causes benign tumors in multiple organs (including the brain, heart, kidneys, eyes, lung and skin)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Vitiligo. This condition causes melanocytes (the cells at the base of hair follicles that produce color) to be lost or destroyed—perhaps because the immune system “misfires” and attacks the scalp rather than an infection.
  • Alopecia areata. A disorder in which patches of hair may be suddenly lost, especially the colored (non-gray) hairs. This may lead to “overnight” graying because previously present gray or white hairs suddenly become more obvious. When hair growth resumes, it may be white or gray, but colored hair may eventually return.

Hmm, interesting information. Perhaps a B12 deficiency? We all remember Manny’s issues with B12 shots, right?


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