Genetics of cholesterol with aging-related diseases 

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Genetics of cholesterol with aging-related diseases 


What is cholesterol? 

Cholesterol is a type of lipid that performs many essential jobs in your body. Lipids are substances that don’t dissolve in water, so they don’t break down in your blood. Instead, they travel through your blood to reach different parts of your body that need them.

Your liver makes enough cholesterol to support your body’s needs. But you also get extra cholesterol from the foods you eat. Your body has a system for getting rid of excess cholesterol. But sometimes, that system doesn’t work as well as it should or becomes overloaded. As a result, you can have extra cholesterol circulating in your blood. And that’s when you might run into trouble.


How was the research done?

Researchers want to study if certain genes associated with aging are linked to various aging-related diseases. These diseases include Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and osteoporosis. The study will also look at if the genetic risks vary depending on the participant’s race. They also want to see if the type of cancer and the treatments received for cancer can speed up aging because of how a person’s cholesterol genes can impact survivors.


What is the importance of this study?

Population aging is a global trend, and aging-related diseases are on the rise. More evidence is needed to find cholesterol metabolism genes that impact aging phenotypes. This study can help researchers find if there is a link between these genes and aging-related diseases.