Balding men have higher risk of coronary heart disease: Study

April 4, 2013 12:18:07 PM PDT
Balding men have a 32-percent higher chance of coronary heart disease than men with a full head of hair, according to a study published in the journal "BMJ Open".

Researchers at the University of Tokyo studied nearly 37,000 people and found the risk was higher for men who have gone thin on the crown but not so much for those who have a receding hairline.

However, the study also found the risk from being bald is still lower than getting heart disease from smoking or obesity. Health officials say men should still focus on their waistline more than on their hairline.

Researchers say more studies are needed to check a link between baldness and heart disease.