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Premature Balding and Greying Could Be a Sign of Heart Disease

Premature Balding and Greying Could Be a Sign of Heart Disease

A study links greying and going bald to coronary heart disease in men younger than 40.

While premature balding and graying in men seem like a matter of genetics, in 2017, doctors from the U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in India found that these seemingly normal changes could be a sign of heart disease among younger guys. 

To reach their conclusions, the doctors studied 790 men younger than 40 who had coronary artery disease (CAD) and a control group of 270 healthy men. They found that young men with CAD experienced more signs of balding (49 percent vs. 27 percent) and greying (50 percent vs. 30 percent) than their healthy counterparts.

So if you’re 40 or younger and are turning grey or losing your hair, consider amping up your heart protection routines. Ask your doctor if you should be tested for these heart-health numbers, as well:

  • Blood pressure
  • LDL cholesterol
  • Body mass index
  • HbA1C and/or fasting blood glucose

And finally, be sure to embrace heart-healthy habits: Walk briskly for at least 20 minutes daily and strength train two days a week; eat seven to nine servings of veggies and fruit each day; limit red or processed meats; and reduce stress.

Medically reviewed in November 2019.

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