Do you have abnormally high cholesterol levels, even at a young age? Blame your ancestors!
Familial hypercholesterolemia, known as FH, is a genetic disorder that causes extremely high cholesterol levels at an extremely young age. FH is found most often in people of Native American or French Canadian descent. In America, experts say, about 1 in every 300 to 500 people has the disorder. However, in Lewiston, Maine, with a high percentage of French-Canadian descendants, the ratio is about 10 times the rate of FH as the rest of the country. Anyone with French-Canadian ancestry may have FH, even in other locations.
Early awareness of familial hypercholesterolemia could extend your life for many years.
You can read more in an article by Lindsay Tice in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News at http://goo.gl/OvyH3.
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