Japanese study links baldness to higher risk of heart disease

Japanese study links baldness to higher risk of heart disease

Bald men are more likely to develop heart conditions, a new study suggests.

Japanese researchers looked at six past studies from Europe and the US and found that in five there was an identifiable link between baldness and coronary heart disease (CHD).

Their study, which is published in the journal BMJ Open, states that men who have lost most of their hair are 32 per cent more likely to have heart problems than those with a full head of hair.

Despite this, Doireann Maddock, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said many who have lost their hair should not be alarmed and that further research is needed before any real conclusions are made.

She added: "It is more important to pay attention to your waistline than your hairline."

David Spiegelhalter, professor of the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University, also said he was sceptical about this study's findings.

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