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May 1968

Lipid Values in Kalahari Bushmen

Author Affiliations

Johannesburg, South Africa

From the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Doctor Miller is now with the Cancer Research Department, South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg; Doctor Åstrand is now with the College of Physical Education, Stockholm; and Doctor Rubenstein is now with the Department of Medicine, University of Chicago.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(5):414-417. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640050024005

Samples of the plasma from nine male adult bushmen were analyzed for their lipid content. The mean results obtained (total cholesterol = 77 mg/100 ml, phospholipids = 107 mg/100 ml, and triglycerides= 49 mg/100 ml) were extremely low. The probable reasons for this finding are the very low dietary fat content and habitually high physical activity of Kalahari bushmen.