03:08am Monday 18 December 2017

Pay attention to your waistline, not hairline

In an analysis of six previous studies, men who had lost most of their hair were a third (32%) more likely to develop coronary artery disease than those who retained a full head of hair.

 

More research is needed to confirm any link between baldness and an increased risk of coronary heart disease

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Doireann Maddock, said: “Although these findings are interesting, men who’ve lost their hair should not be alarmed by this analysis.

“Much more research is needed to confirm any link between male pattern baldness and an increased risk of coronary heart disease. In the meantime, it’s more important to pay attention to your waistline than your hairline.

“Hereditary hair loss may be out of your control, but many of the risk factors for coronary heart disease are not.  Stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and being as active as possible are all things that you can do to help protect your heart.”

This research was published in the British Medical Journal.

British Heart Foundation


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