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What causes dyslipidemia?

Dyslipidemia is an abnormally high level of lipids or lipoproteins in the blood. The causes of dyslipidemia are classed as being either primary (genetic) or secondary (lifestyle and other causes). Primary causes refer to gene mutations that alter the production of lipids. Secondary causes of dyslipidemia are related to lifestyle or other medical conditions. A common cause of dyslipidemia in the developed world is diet-related and, in particular, too much saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fats. These are commonly found in many oily or processed foods. Other causes can include hypothyroidism, chronic renal failure and diabetes.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Dyslipidemia (high blood fats)


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