Scientists looking at genetic studies of 20,000 men. Showed that premature hair loss could be linked to a range of various physical characteristics. As well as illnesses. An international genetic study points towards that short men have an increased risk of premature hair loss or baldness. The work has now been published in Nature Communications.
The studies split between 11,000 men with premature hair loss. Then 12,000 men with no hair loss. Used as the control and from a range of countries. For some time, it has been recognised that men with premature hair loss suffer from heart diseases. Also, prostate cancer somewhat more often than average.
Dr. Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach, the human geneticist at the University of Bonn, says “We were thus able to identify 63 alterations in the human genome that increase the risk of premature hair loss,”
“We were thus able to identify 63 alterations in the human genome that increase the risk of premature hair loss,” The human geneticist is one of the lead authors of the international study. “Some of these alterations were also found in connection with other characteristics and illnesses, such as reduced body size, earlier occurrence of puberty and various cancers.”
The findings confirm the link between hair loss and an increased risk of prostate cancer. The link with heart disease is more complex.
It is only partially understood which molecular mechanisms underlie the links between premature hair loss and other illnesses.
Prof. Nöthen, had some succor for concerned men, “However, men with premature hair loss do not need to be concerned,” “The risks of illness are only increased slightly. It is, however, exciting to see that hair loss is by no means an isolated characteristic but instead displays various relationships with other characteristics.”