- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A new study suggests that whiter hair on men is associated with a weaker heart.

Researchers presented preliminary findings of an association between gray hair and heart disease in men at the European Society of Cardiology in Spain, CBS reported Wednesday.

From a sample of 545 adult men, researchers cross referenced shades of hair color with instances of heart disease and found 80 percent of their sample was at risk.

The findings, however, don’t correspond to cause and effect.

“In our population, a high hair-whitening score was associated with an increased risk of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease,” study author Irini Samuel, a cardiologist at Cairo University in Egypt, told CBS.

Atherosclerotic coronary artery disease affects 3 million people per year in the US, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

The sample group was only men between the ages of 42 and 64. No women were in the study because of the high amount who dye their hair, the researchers said.

More studies are needed to determine if there is a link between the genes that lead to shades of gray hair and those that contribute to the risk of heart disease, the researchers said.

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