Link between Male Baldness, Heart Disease

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Link between Male Baldness, Heart Disease


Byline: Makiko Kitamura Bloomberg

Losing hair at the crown of the head may signal an increased risk of heart disease in men.

The strength of the association depends on the degree of baldness, researchers at the University of Tokyo's department of diabetes and metabolic diseases found by reviewing past studies. No link to heart disease was found for men with a receding hairline, said the scientists, who reviewed six studies with a total of almost 37,000 participants. Their findings were published in the BMJ Open medical journal.

Hair loss has been associated with the risk of developing prostate cancer in previous research. Baldness may be a sign of increased resistance to insulin, a precursor to diabetes; a state of chronic inflammation; or increased sensitivity to the male sex hormone testosterone, and those conditions may lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, the researchers said.

"The present meta-analysis provided useful evidence regarding the potential influence of baldness on coronary heart disease," the authors said in the published paper. "Patients and physicians should consider the possibility that baldness is associated with an increased risk. …

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