By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Severe cases of COVID-19 are 2.5 times more likely in men with male-pattern baldness than those retaining a full head of hair, researchers have warned.
Male-pattern baldness — or ‘androgenetic alopecia’ — is a common, genetically-determined form of hair loss that affects around 50 per cent of men aged over 50.
It commonly presents as a thinning of the hair in the temporal areas of the scalp before advancing to affect the crown as well.
Researchers found that male patients with a common biomarker linked to hair loss appeared to be significantly more susceptive to severe coronavirus infections.
Specifically, these men were more sensitive to male hormones known as androgens, which is also found in patients with androgenetic alopecia.
The findings of the study may open up new possibilities for new therapies — and possibly even a treatment — for COVID-19, the team said.