Familial high-density lipoprotein deficiency, or FHHDL, is a genetic condition that causes the body to produce a low amount of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which are known as ""cholesterol."" It's hereditary, meaning it's passed down through families.
- There are different risk factors for this condition, depending on your family history. For example, if someone in your family has had FHHDL and you have similar symptoms as them, then you may be at risk of developing it yourself. This can be hard to diagnose because there are no symptoms associated with the condition itself.
- Familial high-density lipoprotein deficiency is a genetic disease that affects your body's ability to process cholesterol. This can lead to inflammation, abnormal fat deposits in the arteries, and even strokes and heart attacks.
- The exact cause of familial high-density lipoprotein deficiency is unknown, but researchers have identified some risk factors that may increase your chances of developing it:
1. Family history: If you have a family member with familial high-density lipoprotein deficiency, you're more likely to develop the condition yourself.
2. Age: People who are over 50 years old are at a higher risk than those who are younger (the mean onset age is between 60 and 70 years).
3. Race: African Americans are at a higher risk than Caucasians or Asians.
High levels of triglycerides (a type of fat) in your blood,High levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in your blood,Elevated levels of apolipoprotein B/A-1 ratio (a measure of how much cholesterol is being carried by HDL particles),Enlargement of the liver and spleen,Gallstones
Rare genetic condition that causes low levels of "good" cholesterol (HDL) in the blood
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