Is Your Early Balding a Warning Sign Pointing to Heart Disease?

Is Your Early Balding a Warning Sign Pointing to Heart Disease?

It may seem like a random link, but research done in India is concluding otherwise.

A study that involved 2,000 Indian men under the age of 40 showed that men in India who experienced prematurely graying hair, and who went bald early, had hugely greater odds of developing heart disease.

In fact, the work done by Dr. Dhammdeep Humane, an associate professor of cardiology at the U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Center in Ahmedabad, India, found that men with early male-pattern baldness had a whopping 5.6 times greater risk of developing heart disease.

Those with early grays, a 5.3 times higher risk.

So, if you’re a guy under 40 and balding, should you panic?

American doctors are saying, no. On a report from CBS, Dr. David Friedman of the Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital in Valley Stream, N.Y. points out that this study focused only on men in India, and neglected to include other ethnicities.

Because of this, it can be hard to know if the results point to a phenomenon found across numerous cultures, or not.

And there are other arguments.  Some say there could be a ‘preliminary association’ found in the study, but this doesn’t necessarily indicate a cause and effect situation. (I.e., just because you feel hungry when you use the computer each morning, this doesn’t indicate that the machine is consuming your calories. Perhaps you always forget to eat breakfast).

What are more sure-fire predictors of heart disease, besides the way your profile pic may look?

If you suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure, and if you smoke and have a family history of the illness, you’re more likely than others to develop the condition.

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