Cholesterol Profile of Adults Resident in Eastern Nigeria
AbstractObjective: The present study aims to determine a cholesterol profile for people living in this part of Eastern Nigeria. This will enable recommendation of a range of normal Cholesterol levels for the people living in this part of the world.
Method: Total serum cholesterol, HDL, LDL, VLDL and triglycerides levels were determined in about 200 apparently healthy subjects – males and females. Both enzymatic and mathematical methods were used to achieve these results.
Results: Mean total serum cholesterol level for male was 4.39 ± 0.21 (mmol/l) while value obtained for females was 4.5 ± 0.22. The difference observed was not statistically significant. The values obtained for cholesterol fractions include – HDL 2.07 ± .01 for males and that obtained for females was 1.28 ± .06. LDL levels were 2.75 ± 0.13 for males and 2.98 ± 0.14 for females. VLDL values showed 0.27 ± 0.02 for males and 0.25 ± 0.02 for females. Values obtained for triglycerides were 0.29 ± 0.09 for males and females 0.25 ± 0.01. The difference observed in the values for the male and female subjects were not statistically significant.
Conclusion: Cholesterol values for males and females in this part of Eastern Nigeria are similar. The values, however, seem lower than those for Europeans and Americans.
Key Words: Cholesterol Profile, Eastern Nigeria
Orient Journal of Medicine Vol.15(3&4) 2003: 46-50