Genes & Poor Cholesterol

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Genes & Poor Cholesterol
Mon, 07-25-2005 - 9:15pm

MONDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Blood levels of "bad" low-density-lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol vary widely between individuals, and the blame for at least part of that variance may lie in genetics, researchers report.

"Our experiment shows how important our genes are. Some people have to be careful about their diets, while others have much more freedom in their dietary choices," researcher Paul Williams, of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said in a prepared statement.

His team studied the response of 28 pairs of identical male twins to diets either high or low in fat. In each pair of twins, one brother was an avid exerciser while the other was a "couch potato."

"Although identical twins share exactly the same genes, we chose these twins because they had very different lifestyles," Williams said.

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