High blood pressure and baldness
Interesting: High blood pressure and baldness
We thought that this information is a great thing for nursing to share among each other and with patients:
Say we only have one body so everything is connected, i.e. what happens in one part of the body must have effects in other parts. But the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry would prefer us to believe each part of a condition is separate.
That way, they can justify the costs of treating each part separately and sell us targeted drugs. This is one of the things making research so interesting because, from time to time, a set of results appears that might simplify treatments down to one from many. Obviously, the for-profit doctors hope we do not notice. Anyway, let’s start with a piece of information everyone knows. No matter how caused, hypertension or high blood pressure is directly linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It’s one of the red flag symptoms that suggests urgent preventative treatment to prolong an active life and delay the threatened early death.
Published in 2000, a study analyzed the health records of 22,000 male doctors over a period of eleven years. Men who had a central balding patch were 24% more likely to have a heart attack. If the crown was completely bald, the risk rose to 36%. Continuing the trend, research finished in 2007 looked in detail at 250 men aged between 35 and 65. They screened out the influences of high cholesterol levels, smoking, age, etc. and found there was a strong association between high blood pressure and male pattern baldness. In fact, anyone showing a pressure greater than 120 over 80 was twice as likely to start losing hair as the man with a normal blood pressure.
At present, this is only observational data. A link or correlation is shown but it’s not yet proved. So what can be drawn from these studies? One of the known causes of high blood pressure is changes in the level of hormones. Increases in testosterone and adrenaline can stimulate an increase in pressure. By coincidence, changes in the level of testosterone can also affect hair loss. It’s one of the more likely causes of male pattern baldness. So it’s not unreasonable to assume hair loss is a first symptom of increasing blood pressure and, in time, possible heart disease. Right now, there’s no cause for alarm. Researchers have simply noticed the coincidence. But, if you do detect early hair loss, you might find your way down to your primary care physician to ask for an exam including blood pressure and heart monitoring. If there’s also high blood pressure, you can begin treatment for that. There are no serious interactions between the two sets of drugs. But, and here’s the interesting point, it’s possible that only treating the blood pressure might stop the hair loss. If hair was lost at a high rate by men with a pressure of 120 over 80, reducing the pressure will potentially slow hair loss. If that’s the case, you might treat both conditions for the price of only one drug. While we wait for more research, you should follow your doctor’s directions on the drugs to take and their dosage.
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