What is the prevalence of dysbetalipoproteinemia among different age groups?

Updated: Jul 23, 2021
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Dysbetalipoproteinemia primarily affects older adults and is rare in children and premenopausal women. However, in the United States and some other Western populations, the increasing incidence of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes may presage the emergence of dysbetalipoproteinemia in children. Estrogen improves the clearance of very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) remnants, and estrogen treatment appears to improve dysbetalipoproteinemia in some postmenopausal women.


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