" Studies involving 36,990 men showed that balding on the top of the head is correlated with the higher risk of heart disease."
Male baldness has been associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Scientific studies suggest that there is a strong correlation between male baldness and an increased risk for heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. Every year, around 18 million people die from heart disease.
The Link Between Crown (Vertex) Baldness and Heart Disease in Men
Several studies involving 36,990 men showed that balding on the top of the head, known as vertex or crown baldness, is correlated with the risk of heart disease. The data indicated that the severity of the baldness, especially on the crown of the scalp, mirrored the risk of suffering from heart disease. Men with severe vertex baldness have a 48% higher risk of heart disease. A moderate vertex baldness was associated with a 36% increased risk of heart disease. Men with mild vertex baldness have a 18% higher risk of suffering from heart disease.
A study involving more than 2,000 men age below 40 years old showed that young men who suffer from coronary artery disease were prematurely bald or grey (BBC, 30-November-2017).
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The Link Between Frontal Baldness and Heart Disease in Men
Studies also showed that frontal baldness slightly increases the risk of heart disease in men by 11%.
A study on 1,495 men age 20 to 40 who suffer from androgenetic hair loss revealed that frontal baldness is caused by the sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone. This study also showed that minoxidil was not effective for frontal baldness (receding hairline). Minoxidil increases blood flow to hair follicles, however, it doesn't act against dihydrotestosterone, the hormone which triggers hair loss in some men. On its own, minoxidil is not effective for androgenetic alopecia.
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How to Reduce Vertex and Frontal Baldness in Men
As a scientist who has been affected by hereditary hair loss, I have been testing and developing hair loss formulas for over 15 years. Studies showed that peppermint oil is better than minoxidil at promoting hair growth. Menthol, the main active component of peppermint oil is believed to have excellent hair-growth-boosting properties. Studies on hair loss also suggest that caffeine and rosemary oil reduce the level of dihydrotestosterone in hair follicles.
If you suffer from hair loss or thinning hair, use Hair Loss Solution for Men and Women everyday. As hair follicles rest for about 100 days after hair fall before they start growing new hair and on average, hair grows about half an inch per month, it is crucial to use Hair Loss Solution for at least 6 months. Hair Loss Solution helps reduce hair fall, rejuvenate hair follicles and promote hair growth. Formulated with menthol, caffeine, niacinamide, vitamin E, rosemary, cedarwood, thyme, lavender, yang ylang and lemon essential oils to reverse the damaging effects of dihydrotestosterone on hair follicles.
Inflammation, Baldness and Heart Disease
Inflammation is our own body's reaction to injury, toxins or attack from pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses and bacterias. It is part of the body's defense mechanism, however, any inflammation that lasts longer than it should be, can cause too much damage to the body.
Chronic inflammation has been associated with many diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Beside the external factors, chronic inflammation can be caused internally by the excess fat in the belly area (Harvard Medical School). Overtime, chronic inflammation triggers atherosclerosis, the condition where fats and cholesterols buildup in and on the artery walls. If left untreated, it causes serious heart disease and reduces the blood flow to hair follicles. Chronic inflammation is one of the major factors in hair loss and baldness.
To reduce the risk of having chronic inflammation in your body, you need to maintain a healthy weight and pay attention to your waist-to-hip-ratio. To reduce the risk of heart disease, men should have a less than 0.9 waist-to-hip ratio while women should have a less than 0.8 waist-to-hip ratio. Limit the consumption of deep-fried and barbecued foods, salt and sugar including salty and sugary foods and beverages. Just like with pollution and cigarettes, these type of foods trigger inflammation in your body including the skin. To reduce the signs of ageing and damage on your skin, apply Antioxidant Youthful Essence to freshly cleansed face and neck every morning and evening. Formulated with vitamin C, B5, E and ferulic acid, this all-skin-types face serum protects the skin from free radicals, pollution and UV-induced photoageing.
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Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with US and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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Caffeine Helps Prevent Baldness in Men and Women
In hair follicles, testosterone gets converted to dihydrotestosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase (5-AR). A study published in the International Journal of Trichology suggested that Caffeine may reduce the activity of 5-alpha-reductase. Hence, caffeine seems to help prevent the hair follicles from shrinking.
Rosemary Oil is as effective as Minoxidil for Androgenetic Alopecia
A comparison study between the hair-growth-boosting properties of Rosemary Oil and Minoxidil showed that rosemary is equally as effective as Minoxidil in promoting hair growth in people with androgenetic alopecia. Rosemary contains phytochemicals that help prevent the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
Rosemary Extract Reduces Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in Hair Follicles
A study published in the Phytotherapy Research showed that Rosemary extract inhibited the activity of 5-alpha-reductase by up to 94.6%. By inhibiting the action of enzyme 5-alpha-reductase in hair follicles, rosemary extract reduces dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in hair follicles that helps prevent androgenetic hair loss.
The Potential Side Effects of Finasteride
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Hair Loss and Thinning Hair Treatment
Around 90% of hairs on the scalp are at anagen stage and 10% are at catagen and telogen stages. It is normal to shed up to 100 hairs per day. More often, hair loss is caused by the high number of dormant hair follicles rather than hair fall. There are two effective ways to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.
Peppermint Strengthens and Promotes Hair Growth
A study published in Toxicology Research suggested that peppermint oil is more effective than minoxidil in promoting hair growth. Peppermint oil has been shown to increase the number and the depth of hair follicles. After 4 weeks, Peppermint Oil improved the hair growth by 92% compared to 55% of Minoxidil.
Diabetes Increases The Risk for Hair Loss
High Blood Sugar Levels trigger inflammation. Chronic inflammation is an autoimmune condition, the same type of condition that triggers alopecia areata. People who suffer from type 1 diabetes are at higher risk of suffering from alopecia areata, a hair loss condition characterised by smooth bald patches on the scalp.
Niacinamide (Nicotinamide) for Youthful Radiant Skin
Niacinamide boosts the production of collagen in the skin by up to 54%; while it also increases the production of elastin and skin proteins by up to 20% and 100%. A clinical study showed that Niacinamide visibly improved the appearance of ageing skin and helped prevent the appearance of age spots by up to 68%.
N-Acetyl Glucosamine: How To Reduce Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation
N-Acetyl Glucosamine is a nano peptide naturally extracted from the outer shells of shellfish. It penetrates deeper into the skin to reduce age spots, hyperpigmentation and other signs of ageing. Studies showed that it helps prevent the excess melanin production, boost hyaluronic acid synthesis and skin cell renewal.
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