Male pattern baldness and premature greying are more of a risk factor for heart disease than obesity in men under 40, new research suggests, reported BBC.
A study of more than 2,000 young men in India showed more who had coronary artery disease were prematurely bald or grey than men with a full head of hair.
The European Society of Cardiology’s study will be read at the Cardiological Society of India’s annual conference.
But the British Heart Foundation said other risk factors were important.
Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, told the BBC: “This study suggests that identifying men with premature hair loss and greying may help identify those with an increased risk of developing heart disease.
“However, this isn’t something that people can change, whereas you can modify your lifestyle and risk factors such as high cholesterol and blood pressure. These are far more important things to consider.”
The research, to be presented at the CSI’s 69th annual conference in Kolkata, studied 790 men under 40 who had coronary artery disease and 1,270 healthy men of a similar age, who acted as a control group.–Agencies