Male Baldness Is Linked To Increased Risk For Heart Disease

Male BaldnessHair loss is linked to plenty of psychological negative effects. It brings a lot of stresses and negative emotions, both for men and women who are suffering from hair thinning and loss. However, receding hairline turned out to be a sign of serious health conditions if it takes place along with other common signs of aging. So say the findings of a new study conducted by a group of Danish scientists and presented earlier this month at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012. According to the mentioned report, male baldness revealed by balding crown and/or thinning hair at the temples, in conjunction with two other signs of aging, including fatty deposits around the eyelid and earlobe greasing, can be a warning sing for increased risk for heart disease.

At that, the scientists from Denmark say that those men who have at least two of the mentioned four visible signs are at quite high risks of developing serious cardiovascular conditions. During the study, the researchers analyzed the data on almost 11,000 Danish people collected in the framework of the Copenhagen Heart Study. All the respondents were over 40, both male and female. They were asked a series of questions regarding to the main sides and issues of their life. Then, they were followed for 35 years, and by the end of the follow-up period of time, it turned out that about 3,400 had been diagnosed with heart disease, and about 1,700 suffered from a heart attack. The scientists carried out very hard work on analyzing and comparing the initial information, and they came to the conclusions that male baldness can be linked to increased risk for heart disease.

According to the report about the research, male baldness in conjunction with other signs of aging are associated with 39 percent higher risks of heat disease, and up to 57 percent higher risks of heart attack. “The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age,” Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, MD, a professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen and one of the study leaders said to the audience in her speech. Therefore, the scientists suggest that by just looking at the mirror it is possible to estimate own chances to suffer from cardiovascular problems and possibly predict a heart attack or heart disease, regardless of traditional common signs of these cardiovascular diseases (elevated blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, smoking, family history of cardiovascular diseases, and many others). The researchers said that the links are obvious in men and less common for women.

Despite the fact that the current study did not manage to establish the causes of the links between male baldness and increased risk for heart disease, the scientists are convinced that their findings must be considered totally applicable. The study leader underlined that examining patients for hair thinning and eyelid fat deposits can be a very smart idea for those health care specialists who do physical examination in order to estimate the risk for heart disease. Dr Tybjaerg-Hansen informed that her previous studies have already shown the connections between eyelid fat deposits (the condition known as xanthelasma) and increased heart disease or heart attack risks. She expressed her interest in figuring out if using hair loss treatments and approaches to prevent hair can be helpful for decreasing risk for heart disease and heart attack. The findings of this interesting study were also published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology. Go to here to find some useful information about this research.

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