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April 9, 1982

High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol Levels in Japan

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Epidemiology and Mass Examination for Cardiovascular Diseases, the Center for Adult Diseases, Osaka (Drs Ueshima, lida, Shimamoto, Konishi, Tanigaki, Nakanishi, and Takayama), and the Department of Preventive Medicine, National Cardiovascular Center (Dr Ozawa), Osaka, Japan; the Akita Prefecture Institute of Public Health, Akita, Japan (Dr Kojima); and the Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Community Medicine, Tsukuba University, Ibaraki, Japan (Dr Komachi).

JAMA. 1982;247(14):1985-1987. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320390047040

The population of Japan has a lower mortality rate due to coronary heart disease than does the population of other industrialized countries. We surveyed high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol levels of six Japanese population-groups with different life-styles (1,804 men and 1,561 women). We found that the HDL-cholesterol levels of Japanese men aged 40 to 69 years were approximately 55 mg/dL, or about 10 mg/dL higher than those of American men.

(JAMA 1982;247:1985-1987)