Men can tell how likely they are to go bald by the length of their ring finger, scientists say
- Baldness would be six times more likely in men with shorter indexes
- Researchers think it’s linked to testosterone levels – shrinking hair follicles
Baldness is six times more likely in men who have shorter index fingers than ring fingers, it has been claimed.
Male pattern baldness – which typically affects two-thirds of men – could be determined by finger length, depending on The sun.
In a study of nearly 250 men over the age of 37, experts found that those who had a ring finger longer than the index finger on their right hand were much more likely to go bald.
Hair loss usually occurs when excessive amounts of the sex hormone dihydrotestosterone are produced, interfering with the hair growth cycle.
Researchers in Taiwan believe that extra finger length could be a sign of having more of that testosterone – reducing the size of hair follicles.
Baldness is six times more likely for men who have shorter index fingers than ring fingers, it has been claimed (file image)
Dr. Ching-Ying Wu from Kaohsiung Medical University told the newspaper: “Our study found that the lower the ratio of the second digit to the fourth digit from the right, the higher the risk of developing alopecia.” .
Male pattern baldness usually starts with a receding hairline or a bald spot on the top of the head.
Women can also experience hair loss, but this is more common in older age groups, with only 3% of people under 35 suffer from alopecia.
Hair loss in men and women can also result from stress or from treatments such as chemotherapy.
Researchers in Taiwan think the extra length of fingers could be a sign of having more of that testosterone – reducing the size of hair follicles (file photo)
Although very common, male pattern hair loss can have a devastating effect on men’s mental health, according to a 2015 survey for the Brandwood Clinic in the West Midlands.
Dr Sohom Das, NHS psychiatrist in London previously said“This can lead to a range of psychological and psychiatric symptoms.
“But the problem is often dismissed or ignored by others because it is so common.”