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Why some people live to 100: high HDL cholesterol
January 16, 2001

A new study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine suggests that people who live to 100 years of age tend to have a genetic mutation that causes them to have high levels of HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol.) The high HDL cholesterol levels appear to confer protection on these individuals even if they have high fat diets, or lack of exercise, or even if they smoke. Their (elderly) children also displayed similar characteristic cholesterol values.

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