STATES CHRONICLE -Heart disease is one of the most common causes of death worldwide. A new study shows that there might be a connection between gray hair and an increased risk of heart conditions. This research was conducted by researchers from Cairo University. Unfortunately, only men participated in the study which means that the result might not apply for women too.
Researchers analyzed 545 men to see if they had heart trouble. After that, they cross-referenced those results with the color of the hair. The results showed that men who had more gray hair were more likely to develop atherosclerosis compared to those who had less gray hair or not at all.
“In our population, a high hair-whitening score was associated with an increased risk of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease,” said study author Irini Samuel.
The leader of the study observed that the findings are helpful no matter if the man has a certain age or if he has a high risk of heart disease. The reason for which women were not included in the study was related to the frequency with which they color their hair. Therefore, the researchers focused only on male participants.
All the participants underwent scans to see if they had any risk of heart disease. Researchers looked for indicators like plaque build-up. The men were aged between 42 and 64 and were divided into 5 groups based on how much gray hair they had. The groups ranged from “pure black hair” to “pure white”.
The scientists observed that more than 80% of participants showed signals of heart diseases. Those who had more gray hair also had a higher risk of heart problems. This means that there is a connection between heart conditions and gray hair. Despite the fact that researchers managed to find this connection, no evidence was found as to a cause-and-effect relationship.
For all we know, a bigger risk of heart condition could cause gray hair or it could be the other way around. The scientists mentioned that getting old also increases the risk of heart conditions for men. On the other hand, gray hair might also show that there is an unhealthy biological aging. Researchers stated that more research needs to be done before they can find the cause-and-effect relationship.
What is your opinion about this study? Do you think gray hair actively contributes to increased heart disease rates? Or is it the other way around?
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