FIN­GER ON THE PULSE

JAMES, STEVENAGE

Men's Health (UK) - - 7/17 Your Summer Starts Here -

For­get ‘post-truth’. MH seeks the sci­ence be­hind the heart-stop­ping head­lines

Con­cerned that a lib­eral coat­ing of Just For Men Mahogany won’t get you out of jail this time? It’s true that car­di­ol­o­gists re­cently linked pre­ma­ture grey­ing to heart is­sues. They be­lieve the mech­a­nisms driv­ing coro­nary artery dis­ease – ox­ida­tive stress, in­flam­ma­tion – are also re­spon­si­ble for adding more salt to your pep­per.

How­ever, the re­search merely shows cor­re­la­tion, not cau­sa­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF), “A larger study is needed be­fore we use hair colour as a mea­sure of risk.” In other words, un­due stress­ing is likely to have a worse ef­fect on your ticker than your fol­lic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion.

If you’re over 40 and con­cerned about your health, ask your GP for a check-up. For the rest of you, the BHF has an on­line risk anal­y­sis app* that should help you keep your fin­ger on the pulse of your health.

BE WARY OF TAK­ING HAIR-RAIS­ING HEAD­LINES TO HEART

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