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Dermatology. 2007;214(2):125-9.

Obesity and low-grade inflammation among young Finnish men with early-onset alopecia.

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  • 1University of Oulu, Department of Public Health Science and General Practice, Oulu, Finland. paivi.hirsso@oulu.fi

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Previous investigations have revealed an association of androgenetic alopecia (AGA), especially in younger subjects with severe early-onset AGA, with ischemic heart disease.

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the possible association between early-onset alopecia and low-grade inflammation measured by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) that has been recommended for the assessment of the cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.

METHODS:

The study population consisted of young men (n = 727, aged 25-34 years) participating in a national survey. The grade of alopecia was assessed by a trained nurse using the Norwood/Hamilton Classification Scale.

RESULTS:

Men with moderate to extensive alopecia (17%) had a higher body mass index and larger waist, upper arm, hip and waist circumference than those with little to no alopecia (p < 0.05), and statistically insignificant differences were seen in the waist-to-hip circumference ratio (WHR), diastolic blood pressure and hs-CRP. With increasing hs-CRP, the mean WHR increased, but only among men with moderate to extensive alopecia (p = 0.043).

CONCLUSION:

Our findings show a relation between moderate to extensive alopecia and low-grade inflammation--a predictor of a future CVD--especially combined with central obesity, among men younger than 35 years.

Copyright 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel.

PMID:
17341860
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