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Aging Survey Reveals Men Are Most Scared of Going Bald

Update Date: Sep 20, 2013 07:29 PM EDT
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Wrinkles, saggy skin, weight gain, as well as tooth and hearing loss are some of the many undesirable traits of getting old.  However, a new survey reveals that men are most afraid of going bald.

The survey, which involved two thousand men, reveals that men are more scared of going bald than being impotent.

Researchers found that more men were afraid of going bald than being impotent, having bad breath, getting fat and losing their sight.

The survey found that 94 percent of men said that they worry about going bald compared to 89 percent who said being impotent was their greatest fear.

"Going bald is a frightening prospect for most men," said HIS Hair Clinics' Ian Watson, according to the Daily Mail.

"It's an open invitation for baldie jokes and snide remarks for everyone from family to strangers in the pub, and it's just too personal to be funny," Watson said.

"I lost my hair in my 20s. I've had countless people rub my head like a lucky Buddha, and been called everything from baldilocks to Fester," he said. "It wears thin pretty quickly, and soon became downright upsetting."

The survey, which asked men in the UK what part of aging they dread the most, revealed that 64 percent were scared of getting fat, 60 percent feared losing their teeth, 45 percent were scared of needing "jam jar" glasses, 31 percent were scared of going deaf and 24 percent feared getting bad breath.

Psychotherapist Toni Mackenzie told the Daily Mail that hair loss for women is seen as a tragic and upsetting situation. However, men are often told to "get on with it," she said.

"Hair loss can be genuinely distressing for men. It can't be easily disguised and people do seem to think it's fair game for jokes, unlike things like putting on weight or going grey," Mackenzie said. "Men who lose their hair are expected to adopt a laissez-faire attitude and take insults with good humor. The pressure this causes can have a huge effect on men's self-confidence, which has knock-on effects on their physical and mental wellbeing."

"Other than wearing a hat - which you can't do all the time - there's not a lot that can be done to hide a completely bald head, unless you spend the cash on a treatment like scalp micro-pigmentation," Watson added.

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