Researchers Find Gene that Causes High Cholesterol

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

High cholesterol can lead to additional cardiovascular problems, which may result in an individual seeking long-term disability benefits while undergoing treatment or recovery for their health condition.

Researchers recently discovered a gene that can cause high cholesterol. This gene can lead to high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, otherwise known as “bad” cholesterol that accumulates in the blood.

The discovery of this gene will help scientists try and figure out how cholesterol metabolism works and why some individuals are more prone to have high levels of LDL cholesterol.

The gene, ABCB4, was found to be malfunctioning in some animal models that were on a high-cholesterol diet, leading to the accumulation of LDL cholesterol in the blood.

Scientists will now begin to examine the role this gene may play in humans who consume a high-cholesterol diet. This may help prevent bad cholesterol in some individuals who are adversely affected by this gene.

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