Early balding is a serious risk factor for heart problems in men. A study shows that its role is even more serious than that of obesity, especially in men under 40 years of age.
Heart problems leading to heart attack are among the most serious and common health problems in men. Revealing a new factor predisposing to them may allow for their better prevention in the future.
The evidence that premature baldness can be associated with an increased risk of coronary problems has been gathered with a survey of 2,000 men under the age of 40 in India. 800 men with established heart problems and still as healthy men of the same age as the control group were followed. The clinical history of the coronary problems of the men in the first group was followed and, in parallel, the degree of hair thinning was reported . The obtained data indicate that there is a direct correlation between the scale of the hair loss and the severity of the coronary problems in men.
Hair thinning is thought to be a natural condition triggered by hormonal changes in the male organism, mostly affecting testosterone secretion . However, such an effect is only normal after 40 years of age. It is believed that balding before this period can be referred to as early or premature . Data from the study suggest that early balding increases the risk of heart problems about 5 times that of healthy men in the control group.
For the time being, data are considered to be indicative only, and larger studies are needed to identify the specific burden of baldness as a risk factor for heart problems in men under 40 years of age.
The conclusion of scientists at this stage is that men of this age who have registered baldness are good at tracking the condition of the cardiovascular system on a regular basis as a preventive measure for timely detection of possible coronary problems. In addition, it is good for these men to adhere to the main recommendations for the prevention of cardiovascular problems . It is advisable to introduce timely lifestyle adjustments for increased motor activity, diet rationalization and weight control when early baldness is established.
There is, however, no cause for worry, at least until there is a larger study on the role of early baldness in men.