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New link found between blood fat and heart disease

Published on 07/05/2010
A blood fat that is produced in the liver and is different to cholesterol could be a major cause of heart disease, new research suggests.

According to scientists from Cambridge University, the presence of triglyceride, which is accumulated in the liver from meat, cooking oil and dairy products, strongly collates with the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) studied 350,000 people from over 100 recent studies to learn that those with higher levels of the blood fat were more likely to develop heart-related illness.

Although they called for more research, the scientists also found a gene variant that boosted triglyceride levels and appeared to increase the risk of heart disease by 18 per cent.

Commenting on the results, Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, said that they add to the growing body of research suggesting a link between triglycerides and heart disease.

"There still needs to be larger trials before we can know whether lowering triglyceride levels can reduce heart disease risks," he said.

Heart disease, an umbrella term for a number of conditions affecting the heart, is the biggest single killer in England, Wales and the US.
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