A study has revealed that men with short height and light skin colour can face increased risk of becoming bald prematurely.
The study analyzed the genomes of more than 20,000 men, about half of whom had gone bald well before they turned 50. The other half of participants had no hair loss and were used for comparison.
The study included men from the United States, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Greece and Australia. The researchers identified 63 alterations in the human genome that increase the risk of premature baldness. And in many instances, the DNA regions overlapped with genes for short stature.
The investigators at the University of Bonn in Germany also found overlaps in bald men for a number of other physical characteristics and illnesses.
These included genes not only coding for shortness but also for traits predisposing the men to early puberty and an increased risk of prostate cancer. There’s also evidence that Parkinson’s disease is more common in men who start going bald at a younger age.
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