A recently released study featuring 31 trials carried out in Australia, with a total of 29,254 participants with male pattern hair loss, revealed that these participants are at an increased risk of developing not just coronary heart disease, but also insulin resistance, hyperinulinaemia and metabolic syndrome. The studies, published in the International Journal of Cardiology, also revealed that the more severe the hair loss from androgenetic alopecia, the greater the risk.
A wealth of hair loss studies
Other studies carried out in Denmark, Croatia and the US on around 40,000 men, showed that men experiencing both a receding hairline and thinning hair around the crown had a 69% increased risk of heart disease. Men who only experienced a receding hairline had a 22% increased risk.
Another study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at over 22,000 men aged between 40 and 84. The results showed that men experiencing severe balding around their crown were 36% more at risk of developing coronary heart disease. Moderate balding on the crown left men 32% more at risk, which dropped to a 23% increased risk for men experiencing mild balding in this area.
What’s the link?
These results have revealed a link between hair loss and heart disease, although it’s still not clear exactly what the link is. Both are related to poor circulation of the blood; male pattern baldness is caused by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone derivative which also plays a role in prostate cancer. Poor blood circulation is linked to the development of heart disease, but it can also cause diffuse thinning of the hair, eventually resulting in baldness.
Reduce your risk
There are steps men (and women) can take to reduce their risk of heart disease, and making lifestyle changes can help. Cutting your alcohol intake, quitting smoking and switching to a diet which is low in fat and cholesterol, plus making sure you get plenty of regular exercise can all reduce your risk. If you have noticed signs of hair loss it is important to contact a professional hair loss expert as soon as possible. Male pattern baldness can’t be cured, but it can be treated using a bespoke, comprehensive hair loss treatment programme, which will usually include proven medications such as minoxidil or Propecia (men only).
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.
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