Do Early Baldness and Gray Hair Indicate High Risk of Heart Disease?

Q: I’m a 24-year -old man. I’m young but my hair loss begins. Could it be a symptom of other diseases?

A: A study published at the annual meeting of the Indian Heart Association on Thursday, November 30, 2017 suggests that early hair loss on male may indicate a higher risk of heart disease, but it is not yet proven.

The study involves about 2000 Indian men who are under 40 years old. After eliminating the influence of other cardiovascular diseases, the researchers concludes that male alopecia increases the risk of heart diseases by 5.6 times and that early gray hair increases the risk by 5.3 times.

“Baldness and early gray hair should be considered as a risk factor for coronary artery disease,” said the lead researcher Dr. Kamal Sharma, who is an associate professor of cardiology at the United Nations Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Center in Ahmedabad, India.

Researchers of the study note that diabetes, family history of hypertension, smoking, and the rate of body fat also tell the risk of heart disease, but they are less accurate than alopecia and early gray hair.

However, American cardiologists think that more researches are needed. It’s too early for men to build the connection between their hair and the risk of heart diseases.

 

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