(Disclaimer!) New Research on Genetics and Hair Loss

New Research on Genetics and Hair LossHair loss can happen to people from all walks of life. Men and women as well as people of all ethnic backgrounds can see thinning hair. But what role does genetics play in determining how susceptible a person is to hair loss?


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RHRLI wants to let you know about a recent study that sheds new light about links between genetic characteristics and hair loss. RHRLI can help those looking for a permanent solution to hair loss and thinning hair. It’s called the ARTAS® System and it uses robotic precision to transplant hair and give you a healthy head of hair. We want to give you as much up to date information as we can about genetics and hair loss.

Hair Loss and Height

A team of researchers in Bonn, Germany has determined that short men may have an increased risk of premature hair loss, according to a study published in the March 2017 issue of Nature Communications.

“It seems that men with a relatively shorter body height have a higher chance of losing their hair,” University of Bonn professor Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach, the lead author of the study said, according to the Huffington Post. “Our data indicates that some of the genes involved in baldness are associated, on average, with shorter stature.”

Discoveries in Genetics and Premature Hair Loss

The researchers looked at the genetic material of more than 20,000 men, according to Science Daily. About 11,000 men dealt with premature hair loss, while 12,000 served as the control group. Before the survey was conducted it had been known that men who had premature hair loss had more of a likelihood of suffering from heart disease and prostate cancer. The German researchers were able to discover more connections between hair loss and other characteristics and illnesses.

Heilmann-Heimbach said the team was able to identify 63 alterations in the human genome that increase the risk of premature hair loss. While the researchers were able to confirm the link between hair loss and prostate cancer, the data on heart disease was less clear. Some genes were found that, among men losing their hair, increased the chance of heart disease, while other genes decreased the chance. There were also some indications that Parkinson’s disease is more common among men with premature hair loss.

It’s important to note that being small of stature isn’t necessarily a sure sign that you’re going to lose your hair.

“All the other family members — if they kept their hair and are also somehow the same body height, then I wouldn’t be too afraid to lose my hair,” Heilmann-Heimbach told Voice of America.

The study wasn’t looking to find a connection between height and hair loss, and researchers want to continue looking for the biological mechanisms that boost the chance that short men lose their hair prematurely.

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If you’re losing your hair or feel like it’s thinning, RHRLI can help. We’re the only hair loss treatment center on Long Island that has the ARTAS® System. We have also opened a <strong>consultation space in Manhattan</strong> for your convenience. Start the journey on the road to a new you. Contact us today.

Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.

 

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