Article Type : Research Article
Volume : 5
Issue : 2
Online ISSN : 2581-4729
Print ISSN : 2581-4710
Article First Page : 116
Article End Page : 120
Introduction: The aim of the study was to determine if male androgenetic alopecia (AGA) patients have abnormal lipid profile as hyperlipidemia is suspected to be quite common amongst this group of individuals.
Materials and Methods: A cross sectional observational study of 100 male androgenetic alopecia patents aged between 18-55 years was conducted during a period of one year. Fasting serum lipid profile including total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high density lipoprotein (HDL), and low density lipoprotein (LDL) was obtained and recorded in a predesigned proforma for analysis and interpretation of data. Statistical analysis was calculated using SPSS software.
Results: Amongst all four variables, mean TG (151.90mg/dl) ± 59.657, was the only one which was above laboratory reference range (>150mg/dl). A total of 46% of the study group had an increased TG level while only 23% had increased LDL levels. Nearly half (48%) of the study group had an above-normal range TC.
Conclusion: Only one parameter, triglyceride was elevated in nearly half (46%) of the study group and we discovered that both triglyceride and total cholesterol in the late onset AGA group were much higher than in the early onset group which was contradictory to previous studies.
Since it is suggested that individuals with male pattern AGA have a higher likelihood for developing dyslipidemia at some point in life, awareness should be unfurled amongst such predisposed individuals. Furthermore, emphasis should be placed on early screening and lifestyle modifications which could circumvent other medical ailments that could occur secondary to hyperlipidemia.
Keywords: Male androgenetic alopecia, Prevalence, Lipid profile, Dyslipidemia.