Although many of our patients lose hair when they are young, hair loss is commonly associated with aging. There are also many other causes for hair loss including hormonal changes and medication use. However, if looking older wasn’t discouraging enough, new research suggests baldness and other visible signs of aging may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Researchers analyzed data on 10,885 men and women over the age of 40 participating in the Copenhagen Heart Study. Throughout the study, medical professionals examined participants and looked for signs of aging including the quantity of gray hair, type and extent of baldness. 7,537 of the participants had receding hair lines while 3,938 had baldness on the top of the crown. In conclusion, over 35 years of follow-up, 3,401 individuals had developed heart disease and 1,708 had heart attacks. Two common signs of aging, wrinkles and gray hair, were not linked to increased heart risks. Despite these findings, it’s important to note that this research is still preliminary and further review is needed to appropriately suggest these risks. It is doubtful that prevention of baldness or restoration of hair by transplants will alter this increased risk of heart disease. Exercise and diet are still the most important life changes which will alter these risks. Both are under the patients control at least in part. How much other genetic factors play a role is not easily studied.The study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012 found that individuals with three to four signs of aging such as baldness, receding hairline, earlobe crease, and yellow fatty deposits around the eyelids had a significantly higher risk for heart attack and heart disease.
Dr. Edmond Griffin, as a board certified dermatologist with over 30 years of hair restoration experience, always thoroughly discusses a patient’s overall health and family history to determine the cause of hair loss. If you are interested in hair restoration, please contact our office to schedule an appointment. Be sure to connect with the Griffin Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Google + for the latest hair loss news and information.