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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