Grey hair linked to increased risk of heart disease

By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

Men with grey hair face a bigger risk of heart disease, according to new research presented at European Society of Cardiology.

The observational study researched 545 adult men. The men were grouped by whether or not they had coronary heart disease, and their hair was graded on a scale of 1 to 5.

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The number 1 represented pure black hair while the number 5 represented pure white hair. A score of 3 or more was tied to an increased risk of coronary artery disease. The link was independent of age and established risk factors. Patients with damaged arteries also had more grey hair.

As for diagnosing someone based on their hair color, researchers warn we aren't there yet. A much larger study of both men and women is needed to confirm the link between grey hair and heart disease.

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