Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine say they’ve discovered a gene mutation in the Amish that appears to help prevent heart disease.
Researchers say the mutation, which doesn’t appear in the general population, reduces the level of triglycerides, or fat particles in the blood, which are connected to an increased risk of coronary artery disease.
Experts say that people with the mutation have higher levels of “good” cholesterol and lower levels of the “bad” cholesterol, along with less hardening of the arteries.
Researchers believe the discovery could lead to new therapies that could help prevent cardiovascular disease.
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