On the agenda - Male baldness link with heart disease

Men who go bald on the top of their heads are at greater risk of developing heart disease, whereas men who lose hair at the front of their heads are not, according to researchers in Japan.

On the agenda: Baldness (Credit: Julian Dodd)
On the agenda: Baldness (Credit: Julian Dodd)

In more detail

Balding men are 32 per cent more likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD), according to the study. The research was led by the University of Tokyo and reviewed years of previous research into the links between baldness and CHD. The meta-analysis reviewed six pieces of research from Europe and America, which tested 36,990 men. Five of the six studies confirmed an association. The researchers found that men who lose the hair on the top of their crown are at an increased risk of developing CHD but that men who have receding hairlines are not at risk. However, the researchers stressed baldness was less of a key risk factor for developing CHD than smoking or obesity.

PR strategy

The study was published in the online journal BMJ Open. The BMJ singled it out as an interesting piece of information and its press team sent a press release out under embargo featuring the study to its journalist mailing lists. It included contact details for one of the researchers on the project, Dr Kazuo Hara, for journalists to contact directly.

Media coverage

The story was featured in the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Independent, i, The Guardian, The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

32% Increased risk of balding men developing CHD*

37k Number of men tested for links between baldness and CHD*

*Source: University of Tokyo

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