Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Heart Health and Cholesterol

New cholesterol genes identified

Category: Heart Health and Cholesterol

Cholesterol has been known to be a major factor in determining risk of heart disease for years, but doctors and researchers have only had a rudimentary understanding of how cholesterol levels are regulated in the body.

A major new study from the Germany has uncovered 20 genes, 12 of them previously unkown, that regulate and control cholesterol - a finding which may provide new insight into heart disease risk.

"The factors uncovered may also have potential as targets for new cholesterol-lowering drugs," said Dr Rainer Pepperkok.

The researchers found the genes by starving isolated human cells of cholesterol and then seeing which genes reacted. From that list they selectively turned genes off and on to see what effect they had on cholesterol inside the cells.

The balance of HDL and LDL cholesterol in the body has an influence on cardiovascular risk and doctors recommend cholesterol testing for people at risk of the disease. Some treatments to lower high cholesterol include statins and lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, but there are those who do not respond well to specific approaches. The research from Germany may offer new treatments in the future to help people lower their high cholesterol levels.ADNFCR-2248-ID-19254815-ADNFCR

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top