If all this time you thought baldness was just a lack of hair, then you may have to rethink. Baldness, among other tell-tale signs of aging, may predict heart attacks and heart diseases, a study says.
Baldness is considered an old man’s disease but it can actually affect younger men and even women. It tends to run in families and may develop at an early age. However, balding is actually more than a physical “defect.” In a recently published Danish study, baldness, among other signs of aging may be actually able to predict heart attacks or heart diseases.
In this study following more than 10,500 people aged 40 and over for the past 35 years, researchers looked into the possible link of the six major signs of aging: wrinkles, gray hairs, receding hairline, bald spot in the crown, eye bags, and earlobe crease with heart attack and heart disease. In a 35-year follow-up, more than 3,000 people developed a heart disease while over 1,000 suffered a heart attack. Only four of these signs, excluding the amount of wrinkles and gray hairs, increase one’s risk for heart attacks by 57% and heart diseases by 39%.
Even having any of the four signs can already increase the risk of these heart-related ailments. Fatty deposits around the eye areas (xanthelasmata) are, thus far, the strongest predictor. High levels of sugar, cholesterol, and fat in the blood can cause xanthelasmata.
According to the senior author, Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, "The visible signs of aging reflect physiologic or biological age, not chronological age, and are independent of chronological age." Regular check-ups are indeed very important especially now that predicting heart diseases may now be done by just looking at the hairline.
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