Surprising preliminary research presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the Cardiology Society of India. Obesity was associated with a fourfold risk of early heart disease among male-pattern baldness and premature greying.
The researchers are unclear why these associations exist, but the baldness and greying appears to speed up vascular damage. The study included 790 men aged less than 40 years with coronary artery disease and 1,270 age-matched healthy men who were a control group.
Male-pattern baldness and premature greying were the strongest predictors of coronary artery disease in young Indian men followed by obesity, which was associated with four times the increased risk of developing heart disease. Diabetes, hypertension, family history of premature coronary artery disease, abdominal obesity, and smoking all increased risk for heart disease. Another study presented at the European Society of Cardiology suggested that the degree of greying among men was linked to higher risk of heart disease, regardless of age. At this time, researchers do not understand what could be behind this purported correlation, and if it is all that significant.
Since baldness or greying are out of your control, it’s best to focus on all of the well-documented modifiable risk factos for heart disease, including maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding tobacco, being physically active and maintaining your blood pressure and harmful cholesterol levels.