Prototypical Lipoprotein(a) 25. February 2010 William Davis (23) Here's the prototypical male with lipoprotein(a):Several features stand out in the majority of men with lipoprotein(a), Lp(a):Slender--Sometimes absurdly so: BMIs of 21-23 are not uncommon. These are the people who claim they can't gain weight. Intelligent--Above average to way above average intelligence is the rule. Gravitate to technical work--Plenty of engineers, scientists, accountants, and other people who work with numbers and/or technical details are more likely to have Lp(a). Enjoy high levels of aerobic performance--I tell my Lp(a) patients that, if they want to see a bunch of other people with Lp(a), go to a marathon or triathlon. They'll see plenty of people with the pattern among the aerobically-elite. Are rabid fans of Star Trek. Okay, I made the last one up. But the rest are uncannilly true, shared by the majority (though not all) men with Lp(a). Why? I can only speculate that the gene(s) for Lp(a) are closely linked to gene(s) for intelligence of a quantitative kind and some factor that enhances aerobic performance or yields a desirable emotional state with exercise. Oddly, the same patterns tend not to occur in women in Lp(a). I have yet to discern a personality or body configuration phenotype among the ladies.