Premature Hair Whitening is an Independent Predictor of Carotid Intima-media Thickness in Young and Middle-aged Men

Erdogan T., KOCAMAN S. A., Cetin M., Durakoglugil M. E., UGURLU Y., SAHIN I., ...More

INTERNAL MEDICINE, vol.52, no.1, pp.29-36, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.2169/internalmedicine.52.7842
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-36
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Objective Premature graying or whitening of the hair may possibly represent premature atherosclerotic changes as a surrogate marker of different host responses to cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs). This study was undertaken to test whether carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) as a validated surrogate marker of the severity and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) is higher in subjects with prominent signs of hair whitening, independent of chronological age and other CVRFs.