New Study Links Male Hair Loss to Heart Disease

added 4th November 2014

Whether or not male hair loss can signify heart disease has been the subject of many studies over the years. The latest results were released in October 2014 from a study carried out in Australia where 29,254 subjects were involved in 31 trials into male hair loss and its association with coronary heart disease and cardiovascular risk factors.

Links Between Male Hair Loss and Heart DiseaseThis study, carried out by The Whiteley-Martin Research Centre, Discipline of Surgery at The University of Sydney, conducted a systematic literature search using several databases. This involved calculating pooled odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals using a random effects model.

The findings published in the International Journal of Cardiology revealed that men with genetic hair loss had an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease as well as insulin resistance, hyperinulinaemia and metabolic syndrome. These trial results reaffirm previous findings linking heart disease to genetic balding.

It also discovered a correlation in between the severity of male hair loss and an increased risk of these health conditions so the greater the extent of male hair loss, the greater the health risk to those participants.

The study also found connections between androgenetic alopecia and higher serum cholesterol levels, higher serum triglyceride levels and higher systolic/diastolic blood pressures.

Whilst treating male hair loss may help to deal with your baldness, following a healthy diet, having an active lifestyle with regular exercise and managing stress levels can all help to guard against heart disease. However, if you have any concerns in this area, it is best to discuss them with your GP.

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