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Double whammy: Male baldness linked to heart disease
Now, baldness among males has also been added to the list of reasons for heart diseases, but only if it is on the top or crown of the head, not the frontal baldness, says a new study.

A research done at the University of Tokyo, looked at the data of about 37,000 men in United States and Europe; the data collected from 850 possible studies, which were conducted between 1950 and 2012, has led to results that male pattern baldness is associated with the risk of coronary heart disease.

The analysis of the studies states that men who lose most of the hair are 32 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease compared to men who retain a full head of hair.

Balding men who come under adult age group were 70 percent more likely to have heart disease and those who are younger were 84 percent more likely to get this. The study assessed the degree of baldness by using a validated scale, and the analysis shows that the risk of heart disease depends on the severity of baldness.

A receding hairline doesn’t poses a great risk of heart disease, whereas it’s 18 percent risky in mild vertex baldness, 36 percent in moderate vertex baldness and 48 percent risky in extensive vertex baldness, reported Hindustan Times.

And the men with both frontal and crown-top baldness were 69 percent more likely to get coronary heart disease, and those with just crown-top baldness are 52 percent more likely to do so. The reasons behind this are not clear but the possibilities can be that baldness indicates insulin resistance which is associated with diabetes and also increased sensitivity to testosterone. All these reasons are directly or indirectly related in triggering cardiovascular diseases.

Cardiologist Dennis Ko of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto said, “There are changes in sex hormones like androgen and testosterone in patients with baldness. Some of those may also be affecting the vessels of the heart.” But balding is far much weaker link between heart disease than the well-known risk factors such as smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, CBC News reported.

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