Linkage And Association Analyses Of A Locus On Chromosome 4 That Contributes To Population Variation In Hdl Cholesterol

Grant number: 251664

Abstract

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is also known as good cholesterol becuase it helps remove cholesterol from the body. Many studies have shown that the higher one's HDL cholesterol, the less likely is the development of hardening of the arteries and heart attack. The important questions are what controls HDL cholesterol levels and how could we make them higher? We know that lifestyle and genetics are important. Smoking and lack of exercise are known to reduce HDL cholesterol, while moderate alcohol intake increases HDL cholesterol. However, genetic factors are very important determinants, but have remained obscure. Through our recent discovery in the Victorian Family Heart Study (VF..

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