Kurt Biss, M.D., F.A.C.P.; C. Bruce Tyalor, M.D.; Lena A. Lewis, Ph.D.; Belma Mikkelson Kang-JeyHo, M.D., Ph.D.
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The East African nomadic Masai consume a life-long high-cholesterol diet consisting almost exclusively of milk, blood, beef, and goat meat. They are reported to be free of clinical coronary heart disease, and their cholesterol levels average from 110 to 150 mg/100 ml. This unusual pattern of high cholesterol intake and low serum cholesterol levels prompted studies of Masai and volunteers.
Serum samples of 350 healthy and ill Masai were obtained which confirmed the previously reported observation. The Masai serum levels were about 100 mg below the American levels. Autopsies were performed on 10 Masai, 5 of whom were males over
Biss K, Tyalor CB, Lewis LA, et al. Genetic Protection Against Atherosclerosis.. Ann Intern Med. 1969;70:1074. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1074_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1074.
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