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Most black Africans reportedly have low levels of total cholesterol associated with high high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels. 35 Higher cholesterol levels however, have been found in diabetic patients from Zimbabwe and Tanzania. The total serum cholesterol was also significantly higher in women than men. Reports from West Africa indicate a worrying trend of dyslipidaemia among patients with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus. 36 Data from the Transition of Health during Urbanisation of South Africa.