Thinning Hair May Put You at Risk for This Disease
Hair thinning out a bit up top? Pay attention. There’s a lot more on the line here than just vanity. Much more…
Your very life may be at risk.
Researchers from Japan just published a study in the online journal BMJ Open.
They reviewed data from six studies that followed a total of nearly
37,000 men for a minimum of 11 years. After reviewing all the data,
researchers concluded that men who lost most of their hair were 32
percent more likely to suffer from this common—but deadly—disease. They
also found that the specific type of baldness a man had played a
It turns out, men who had both frontal and crown-top baldness
had a 69 percent increased risk. Those who only had crown-top baldness
were 52 percent at risk. And men with just frontal baldness had a 22
percent disease risk. Meanwhile, a receding hairline turned out not to
increase risk at all.
But what did the lack of hair put these men at risk for?
Researchers admit this may be a modest link, but men who have
hair loss should take it as a warning…You probably want to pay special
attention to your heart. And the time to start is now.
Hair loss is common, especially as men age. By 50, half of men
already have thinning hair. And by age 70, 80 percent have some sort of
There are no other studies to confirm a definitive link. But
researchers think baldness may be linked to insulin resistance and
inflammation in blood vessels. These issues can both affect heart
A Danish study analyzed 10,885 people. They also found an
increased risk for heart disease in people who were balding. They
presented their findings last November at the American Heart
Association’s annual meeting.
They found that people who had three or four specific signs of
aging were 39 percent more at risk to develop heart disease and 57
percent more likely to have a heart attack. The aging signs included
baldness, receding hairlines, fatty deposits around the eyelids, and
These are small things that creep up slowly without us
noticing. That’s why it’s important to take the time to really look at
yourself. Don’t just note changes in your hairline, but in your skin
color and texture. Paying a little extra attention gives you a chance
to correct it before it gets out of hand. Also, make sure you mention
anything you find to your doctor.
“Looking old for your age is a good marker for poor
cardiovascular health,” confirms study lead author Dr. Anne
Unfortunately, you can’t control hereditary hair loss. But you
can control other factors that may put you at risk for heart disease.
Eating a healthy, paleo-style diet with plenty of lycopene-rich foods
, regular intense exercise, and keeping inflammation in check all help you slash your heart disease risk.
If you have hair loss it wouldn’t hurt to get checked out.
Especially if you have a family history of heart disease. Better safe
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