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Bald men may be hit harder by coronavirus, scientists fear - Zedta - 06-11-2020

Oh, Oh...I am one of the follically challenged men!

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Bald men may be hit harder by coronavirus, scientists fear
By Lee Brown
June 11, 2020 | 8:53am | Updated

Bald men appear to be at higher risk of suffering severe coronavirus symptoms — a risk factor being named after the Big Apple man who was the first US doctor to die of the contagion, according to a new report.


“We really think that baldness is a perfect predictor of severity,” Professor Carlos Wambier of Brown University told the Telegraph of studies appearing to show strong associations.


The link emerged during studies trying to show why men suffer worse from COVID-19 than women, the UK paper said.


Scientists now believe that androgens — male sex hormones like testosterone — may boost the ability of coronavirus to attack cells.


The same androgens are also understood to be behind baldness, making it a signal of vulnerability to the disease, the report says.
In one study, almost 80% of coronavirus patients in three Madrid hospitals were bald, according to the Telegraph.


The link is now being called the “Gabrin sign,” after the 60-year-old follically challenged ER doctor, Frank Gabrin, who died in his husband’s arms in their Harlem apartment in late March.


The alarming trend could spark a positive outcome, however: Numerous studies are seeing if treatments to suppress the hormones — ones used for prostate cancer as well as baldness — may help slow down the virus.


“Everybody is chasing a link between androgens … and the outcome of COVID-19,” Howard Soule, executive vice president at the Prostate Cancer Foundation, told Science magazine.



RE: Bald men may be hit harder by coronavirus, scientists fear - Teresa Agrorum - 06-11-2020

Zedta, you beat me to the punchline. Hair growth companies will see a surge! ;-)


RE: Bald men may be hit harder by coronavirus, scientists fear - noob123 - 06-30-2020

Hmmm, so it would seem older men are more susceptible to flu-like illnesses?


RE: Bald men may be hit harder by coronavirus, scientists fear - Zedta - 06-30-2020

(06-30-2020, 05:12 AM)noob123 Wrote: Hmmm, so it would seem older men are more susceptible to flu-like illnesses?
Actually, no. Perhaps you should reread the article.

Men, with higher androgen levels tend to be bald. Men, with lower levels, tend to not be bald.

'Older' men tend to have lower androgen levels, because we generally produce less as we age.

Balding in men usually begins in the man's late 30s on, at varying rates.

Article Wrote:The same androgens are also understood to be behind baldness, making it a signal of vulnerability to the disease, the report says.
Just to point this out...