October 26th, 2017
Thinning of hair or baldness is often attributed as an age-related condition; however, some men tend to get bald at a much younger age. This premature loss of hair is linked to various illness and physical characteristics. Though, it is already confirmed that premature baldness is directly related with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer and heart diseases but, a recent study conducted on genetic material of 20,000 men has directed towards a whole new range of different associations.
This research included men from seven different countries. Participants were divided into two groups; one group served as the control group with no hair loss whereas the other group consisted of 11,000 males suffering from premature baldness. Upon studying the genetic material, researchers identified 63 genomic mutations that were responsible for premature baldness. Some of these changes were further related to other characteristics such as early puberty, decreased body size and certain types of cancers.
As per research that was conducted by researchers at the University of Bonn, short heighted men are at much higher risk of developing early baldness. This study also confirmed the fact that premature baldness is strongly relat
ed to risk of developing prostate cancer. However, the risk was not significantly high. Therefore, men suffering with early baldness should not panic about getting prostate cancer with onset of baldness.
Moreover, light skin complexion and increased bone density are also found to be associated with premature baldness which justifies why white men are more prone to early hair loss.
Fat cells and immune cells present in scalp are also involved in early hair loss mechanism along with hair follicle cells.
The connecting link between baldness and various physical, physiological and pathological characteristics istestosterone. Males with high testosterone have deep voice, strong muscles and high sex drive; but at the same time:
Researchers are still analyzing the risk association between premature baldness and risk of prostate cancer, heart disease and other ailments.