What are the sexual predilections of low HDL cholesterol (hypoalphalipoproteinemia)?

Updated: May 21, 2021
  • Author: Vibhuti N Singh, MD, MPH, FACC, FSCAI; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Women tend to have a somewhat lower frequency of hypoalphalipoproteinemia than do men. Whether this finding is a reflection of hormonal differences is not clear.


Young boys and girls have similar high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, but after male puberty, these levels decrease in males, remaining lower than those in females for all subsequent age groups.

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