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Great apes and humans can develop similar health conditions, including heart disease. As lipids predict health risk in humans, we explored whether they do so in gorillas and also examined relationships with age and sex. Multiple sex and age differences were observed. Age, sex, and lower LDL / HDL ratio best predicted morbidity risk, which may be related to arthritis. Unlike humans, in gorillas age and sex alone best predicted cardiac disease, and mortality risk was best predicted only by age.
Great apes and humans can develop similar health conditions, including heart disease. As lipids...