Men live longer if they marry younger women and women are subconsciously looking for older, greying, bald men. With these sorts of “discoveries” making headlines, it would appear there’s no need to fear aging or male pattern baldness any longer.
According to a recent study, you’re chances of dying early are cut by a fifth if you marry a girl between 15 and 17 years younger than you. Michael Douglas and Des O’ Connor don’t seem to be doing too bad but sure, they’ve done exceedingly well, nabbing wives 25 and 37 years their junior respectively – but they’ve still got hair.
“There are good scientific reasons why young women may prefer an older man … and they’ll expect him to be bald,” Terence Kealey, vice-chancellor of Buckingham University writes in an article for The Times Online.
According to Kealey, men have evolved to attract women and evolution has so favoured balding, greying men that young women long to be in their company.
Apparently human baldness stems from thousands of years ago when art and hairlessness co-evolved. The least hairy women started decorating their bodies and, since they were allegedly the most attractive, humans eventually became more and more hairless.
Hair does seem somewhat unnecessary but apparently it plays a social signalling role in many older mammals. When it greys it reinforces an “alpha message of chiefdom”, Kealey says. Likewise, baldness can have the same insinuation.
Then again, the complexity of the baldness biology is also noted by Kealey: “Some theorists believe that it renders older men so unattractive that – rather than sowing additional wild oats – they are forced to spend more time with their families”. Ouch.
As far as the longevity of a man with a younger wife is concerned, some researchers believe it’s purely circumstantial and the result of natural selection. Surely only the healthiest, most successful older men are able to attract younger mates. Unfortunately, women do not experience the same benefits of marrying a toy boy or a sugar daddy. Wives with husbands older or younger by between seven and nine years increase their chances of dying early by 20%. Let’s hope Demi Moore soon divorces Ashton Kutcher for her own good!
The weight of all these theories is up to the individual to decide. Personally, considering 89 year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall married a 63 year younger Anna Nicole Smith only to die one year on, it’s pretty clear why some younger women are attracted to some older men.
Presently, the average age difference between man and wife in the UK is three years and both man and woman are likely to experience some degree of hair loss. For what purpose we’re not entirely sure but it’s safe to say women are not out looking for a shiny cue-ball with a tattoo that says: “Look at me – you should be attracted to me!”
It’s a fact that some women find bald men attractive. But if you couldn’t care less and are simply less than thrilled about the onset of hair loss, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. The UK’s leaders in hair loss prevention have been retaining the hairlines of thousands of men (and women) for almost 20 years and also provide an online diagnostic form for those who can’t make it to the centre or want quick and easy access to expert and advice and solutions to hair loss.