indicated that men who experienced the severest degree of crown recession prior
to age 45 had a 36 percent greater incidence of cardiac events when compared to
those who had experienced no hair loss. Those that experienced a smaller degree
of crown recession prior to age 45 had a lesser degree of reported cardiac
events. It though was still 23% larger than those who had experienced no hair
Some well-known doctors criticized the study because they
thought it diverted from the real problem of identifying heart disease. Since many
factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and sedentary
lifestyles can be readily addressed it was felt more attention should be given to
identifying those factors than any degree of hereditary baldness.
As yet this study has not been replicated but it could
provide a glimpse into metabolic changes taking place as we age. The increased
levels of testosterone seen with pattern baldness is certainly an captivating
factor in learning more about other risk factors associated with heart disease.