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Experts have even more bad news for men who have prematurely gone grey or bald

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Men who go grey early may also be at higher risk of heart disease (Image: Getty) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Men who go grey early may also be at higher risk of heart disease (Image: Getty)

Men who have gone bald or grey prematurely are also at greater risk of early heart disease, scientists claim.

A new study has linked male-pattern baldness and turning grey young with a more than five-fold risk of heart disease before the age of 40.

It was a bigger risk factor than obesity, which raised the risk of early heart disease four times.

Lead researcher Dr Sachin Patil, from the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre at Ahmedabad, India, said: "The incidence of coronary artery disease in young men is increasing but cannot be explained by traditional risk factors.

"Premature greying and androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness) correlate well with vascular age irrespective of chronological age and are plausible risk factors for coronary artery disease."

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The study compared 790 men who had heart disease despite being aged under 40 and 1,270 age-matched healthy men.

Participants were given scores for increasing levels of male-pattern baldness and hair whitening.

Young men with heart disease were significantly more likely to be prematurely grey or balding than the healthy individuals.

Co-author Dr Kamal Sharma, also from the UN Mehta Institute, said: "Baldness and premature greying should be considered risk factors for coronary artery disease.

"These factors may indicate biological, rather than chronological, age which may be important in determining total cardiovascular risk.

"Currently physicians use common sense to estimate biological age but a validated scale is needed."

The findings were presented at the 69th Annual Conference of the Cardiological Society of India in Kolkata, India.

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