A new study has found that the shorter you are, the shorter the lifespan of that glorious head of hair.

"It seems that men with a relatively shorter body height have a higher chance of losing their hair," said University of Bonn professor Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach, lead author of the recently published study.

"Our data indicates that some of the genes involved in baldness are associated, on average, with shorter stature."

Past studies have shown that men with male pattern baldness are also more likely to suffer from heart disease and prostate cancer. Reduced body size and early onset of puberty have also been associated with hair loss in men.

Now, it would appear that some of the same genes that regulate human height also contribute to your likelihood of experiencing these kinds of medical conditions.

The research published in Nature Communications found 63 genetic variations "that increase the risk of premature hair loss," said Heilmann-Heimbach, adding that future studies will quantify the relative risk of baldness linked to various heights.

Researchers found that up to 80 percent of men of European origin are affected by balding to some extent starting in their 30s. For Asian men, hair loss begins about a decade later and impacts 50 to 60 percent of men. While data is limited on African men, it appears they are even less likely to experience baldness. 

But all hope is not lost, vertically challenged dudes: Heilmann-Heimbach said some of the gene variants revealed in the study "may constitute promising targets for therapeutic interventions.”

h/t The Huffington Post