People who work long hours are twice as likely to go bald, according to science

Are you a workaholic? Is your career the most important thing in your life? Is overtime a common occurrence at your job?

Then there is a chance that you will start losing your hair and eventually go bald, according to the research from a South Korean university.

And the main cause is stress.

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In America, more than 85% of men work over 40 hours a week, unlike other first world countries that have taken measures to lower the maximum work hours permitted. But according to a recent South Korean study, the 52-hour limit is what you should look out for, reports Ladbible and The Sun.

Inhibits the growth of hair follicles

The report is the first of its kind, according to the Daily Mail – and studied samples from as many as 13,000 men. The result showed that stress disrupts the hormonal balance in certain parts of the body – including the scalp. When you get stressed, hormone changes can inhibit the growth of hair follicles in your head.

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The researchers from Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine focused on men between the ages of 20 and 59 and collected data over four years. The participants were divided into different categories depending on how much they worked. Other factors, such as smoking and financial situation, were also taken into consideration.

Higher risk for younger people

All in all, it could simply be stated that people who worked a lot were more likely to become bald. 

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“Limitation of working hours in order to prevent alopecia development may be more necessary from younger workers, such as those in the 20s and 30s, at which hair loss symptoms start to appear,” wrote lead author Kyung-Hun Son, according to Ladbible.

The study has been published in the Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

So if you want to avoid baldness at an early age – make sure to take time off and limit your work hours! And be sure to SHARE this important news with your friends or colleagues! It will surely be appreciated!