Men under 40 years who are getting bald and greying prematurely could be at five-fold threat of developing heart disease, finds a study.
The findings demonstrated that both male-pattern baldness and premature greying were stronger risk factors than obesity, which was connected with a four-fold threat of early heart disease.
While diabetes mellitus, hypertension, family history of premature coronary artery disease, central obesity, higher body mass index, dyslipidaemia and smoking were predictors of coronary artery disease it was to a smaller extent than male-pattern baldness, premature greying, and obesity, the researchers said. Are there any benefits to balding?
The young men with coronary artery disease were found with an increased prevalence of premature greying (50 % vs 30 %) and male-pattern baldness (49 % vs to 27 %) in comparison to people without the problem.
“Premature greying and androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness) correlate well with vascular age irrespective of chronological age and are plausible risk factors for coronary artery disease,” stated Sachin Patil, from the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in Gujarat. Do you believe in any of these ridiculous myths about baldness?
For the analysis, presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India (CSI) in Kolkata, the team included 790 men aged below 40 years with coronary artery disease and 1,270 age-matched healthy males who acted as a control group.
After adjusting for age and other cardiovascular risk factors, male-pattern baldness was connected with 5.6 times greater threat of coronary artery disease and premature greying was connected with 5.3 times greater risk. What are the causes of baldness in men?
Male-pattern baldness and premature greying had been the strongest predictors of coronary artery disease in men accompanied by obesity, which was connected with 4.1 times higher risk.
“Our study found associations but a causal relationship needs to be established before statins can be recommended for men with baldness or premature greying,” noted Dhammdeep Humane, Cardiologist, from the hospital.