What do early baldness and gray hair say about health?
Most men wish to avoid baldness for as long as possible because they fear losing it as a result. However, early baldness can also indicate impending health problems. Doctors found that coronary artery disease is more common in bald or gray-haired men. This condition is often a precursor to a heart attack.
The researchers at the European Society of Cardiology found that baldness and gray hair can be associated with coronary artery disease. The experts released a press release on the results of their study and also presented their research at this year's Conference of the Cardiological Society of India.
Plaque in the arteries leads to coronary artery disease
Coronary artery disease often occurs before a heart attack. The danger that such a disease poses should not be underestimated, say the researchers. The risk of coronary heart disease arises if plaque forms in the arteries.
Study included more than 2,000 male subjects
For their study, the scientists examined a total of more than 2,000 Indian men. It was found that if men get bald or gray hair early, there is a higher risk of coronary heart disease. 790 of the men examined were under the age of 40 and had coronary artery disease. 1,270 test subjects of similar age were completely healthy and served as a control group.
The hair of the participants was examined closely and classified into different scales
All participants had their medical histories, blood tests and other medical examinations analyzed to determine the health of their hearts. In the study, the degree of hair loss was rated between one and three for all participants. A higher number in the classification meant that the participants had less hair. In addition, another scale was used to assess how many gray hairs the test subjects had. This scale ranged from one to five, the higher number standing for more gray hair.
How did gray hair and early baldness affect?
In their study, the doctors found that early hair loss in men was associated with a 5.6-fold higher risk of coronary artery disease. If men lost hair pigments early, they were 5.3 times more likely to develop such a heart condition. These two factors were stronger predictors of heart disease than obesity, which was associated with an increased risk of 4.1 times.
Effects of obesity
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services also have extra pounds associated with other medical conditions, such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and diabetes. These diseases are also believed to greatly increase the risk of heart disease.
Balding and premature graying indicate biological age
"Baldness and premature graying should be seen as risk factors for coronary artery disease," says author Dr. Kamal Sharma from U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Center. “These factors can indicate a biological rather than a chronological age, which can be important for determining the overall cardiovascular risk. Doctors are currently using common sense to estimate biological age, but a validated scale is required, ”added the expert.
Pay attention to a healthy body weight
However, the results of the study do not mean that you should stop paying attention to a healthy body weight just because you are still blessed with full, not graying hair. Doctors must continue to warn of the health risks that are triggered by an excessively high body mass index. (as)