Lead study author Dr. Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach, "We were thus able to identify 63 alterations in the human genome that increase the risk of premature hair loss,".
Heimbach added saying, "Some of these alterations were also found in connection with other characteristics and illnesses, such as reduced body size, earlier occurrence of puberty and various cancers"
Investigating genetic data from around 11,000 men with premature baldness and around 12,000 men with no signs hair loss from seven different countries, the scientists also concluded the link of heightened risk of severe diseases.
The study is especially alarming, because the question of men with premature hair loss being at a somewhat increased risk of heart diseases and prostate cancer has long been known. This study confirms suspicions of further connections between hair loss and prostrate cancer and heart disease. The links become complicated with when it comes to heart diseases as the genes that reduce the risk were found along with genes that increase the risk.
Investigating genetic findings from around 11,000 men with premature baldness and around 12,000 men with no signs hair loss from seven different countries, the scientist concluded the link of heightened risks.
The researchers also found links to light skin and increased bone density indicating that men with hair loss are able synthesize vitamin D from sunlight in a better way.
Prof. Markus Nothen said,"These could indicate that men with hair loss are better able to use sunlight to synthesize vitamin D. They could also explain why white men in particular lose their hair prematurely."