Cholesterol, HDL

Publication Title: 
The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences

BACKGROUND: Families of centenarians have high levels of plasma high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which may have neurological as well as cardiovascular protective effects during aging. Because plasma HDL level declines progressively with aging, we examined whether centenarians with higher plasma HDL levels have better cognitive function.

Author(s): 
Atzmon, Gil
Gabriely, Ilan
Greiner, William
Davidson, Deborah
Schechter, Clyde
Barzilai, Nir
Publication Title: 
JAMA: the journal of the American Medical Association

CONTEXT: Individuals with exceptional longevity have a lower incidence and/or significant delay in the onset of age-related disease, and their family members may inherit biological factors that modulate aging processes and disease susceptibility. OBJECTIVE: To identify specific biological and genetic factors that are associated with or reliably define a human longevity phenotype.

Author(s): 
Barzilai, Nir
Atzmon, Gil
Schechter, Clyde
Schaefer, Ernst J.
Cupples, Adrienne L.
Lipton, Richard
Cheng, Suzanne
Shuldiner, Alan R.
Publication Title: 
JAMA: the journal of the American Medical Association
Author(s): 
Andrikopoulos, George K.
Richter, Dimitri J.
Publication Title: 
Clinical Cardiology

BACKGROUND: Asian Indian women have a higher rate of coronary artery disease (CAD) than do other ethnic groups, despite similar conventional risk factors and lipid profiles. Smaller high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) particle size is associated with reduced cardiac protection or even an increased risk of CAD. Exceptional longevity correlates better with larger HDL-C particle sizes.

Author(s): 
Bhalodkar, Narendra C.
Blum, Steve
Rana, Thakor
Kitchappa, Radha
Bhalodkar, Ami N.
Enas, Enas A.
Publication Title: 
Neuroscience Letters

A cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) genotype (V/V homozygosity for I405V, NCBI dbSNP rs5882) has been associated with preservation of cognitive function in old age, in addition to its associations with exceptional longevity and cardiovascular disease. We tested the hypotheses that this polymorphism was associated with either level of cognitive function or lifetime cognitive change in 525 participants who took part in the Scottish Mental Survey of 1932. Participants took the same well-validated mental ability test at ages 11 and 79.

Author(s): 
Johnson, Wendy
Harris, Sarah E.
Collins, Patrick
Starr, John M.
Whalley, Lawrence J.
Deary, Ian J.
Publication Title: 
The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences

BACKGROUND: Identification of gene variants that contribute to exceptional survival may provide critical biologic information that informs optimal health across the life span. METHODS: As part of phenotype development efforts for the Long Life Family Study, endophenotypes that represent exceptional survival were identified and heritability estimates were calculated. Principal components (PCs) analysis was carried out using 28 physiologic measurements from five trait domains (cardiovascular, cognition, physical function, pulmonary, and metabolic).

Author(s): 
Matteini, Amy M.
Fallin, M. Daniele
Kammerer, Candace M.
Schupf, Nicole
Yashin, Anatoli I.
Christensen, Kaare
Arbeev, Konstantin G.
Barr, Graham
Mayeux, Richard
Newman, Anne B.
Walston, Jeremy D.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

An epidemiological study was carried out among a random sample of women aged 18 to 69 years to examine possible determinants of plasma high density lipoprotein and total cholesterol (HDL-C and T-C). In a multiple regression analysis consumption of alcohol, fatty fish, and parental longevity showed positive associations with HDL-C, which were statistically significant. Smoking habit, sucrose consumption, and a family history of ischaemic heart disease showed significantly negative associations.

Author(s): 
Yarnell, J. W.
Milbank, J.
Walker, C. L.
Fehily, A. M.
Hayes, T. M.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Medicine

Recent studies have implicated elevated levels of serum estradiol in males as the major predisposing factor for myocardial infarction, with serum cholesterol playing a secondary role. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of a high-complex-carbohydrate, low-fat, low-cholesterol diet and daily exercise on levels of serum estradiol, testosterone, and lipids in males. Twenty-one males participating in the Pritikin Longevity Center 26-day residential program volunteered for the study.

Author(s): 
Rosenthal, M. B.
Barnard, R. J.
Rose, D. P.
Inkeles, S.
Hall, J.
Pritikin, N.
Publication Title: 
Zeitschrift F¸r Die Gesamte Innere Medizin Und Ihre Grenzgebiete

Proceeding from experiences with animal-experimental studies is tried to show all those mechanisms which have influence on the ageing process of man. In these cases in the experimental part of the study is particularly investigated the influence of the restriction of food in obese patients on the cardiovascular system, the lipid metabolism and the biological age. In obese patients of middle age by isocaloric reduction diet a normalisation of the at present changed non-invasive cardiodynamic parameters could be achieved.

Author(s): 
Kinner, B.
Reuter, W.
Publication Title: 
Atherosclerosis

Despite great interest in the role of lipids in overall and disease-free survival, virtually no information is available on the lipids, lipoproteins and apolipoproteins of persons over 90 years of age. Furthermore, the genetic underpinnings of atherosclerosis and the particular genetic factors responsible for protection against coronary artery disease remain speculative.

Author(s): 
Thieszen, S. L.
Hixson, J. E.
Nagengast, D. J.
Wilson, J. E.
McManus, B. M.

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