FINGER ON THE PULSE
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.