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What is dyslipidemia?
Dyslipidemia is the presence of an abnormally high level of lipids (fats) or lipoproteins (fat-carrying proteins) in the blood.
What are the symptoms of dyslipidemia?
In most cases, dyslipidemia does not have any symptoms. It is therefore important to monitor the levels of the different types of lipids in your blood. In some cases, dyslipidemia can lead to more serious conditions that do have symptoms, such as …
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 …
Who gets dyslipidemia?
Dyslipidemia can affect anyone, but is more prominent in people with a family history of the condition, people who are obese, people who smoke or regularly drink alcohol, and/or people with certain medical conditions including hypothyroidism, chronic renal failure …
How is dyslipidemia diagnosed?
Dyslipidemia is diagnosed with a blood test, which measures high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
How is dyslipidemia treated?
The aim of treatment for dyslipidemia is to lower lipid levels to a healthy level. If your lipid levels are only slightly above the healthy range, diet and lifestyle changes may be the only treatment required. If your condition is more severe, medications can …
Can dyslipidemia be cured?
Yes, in some cases dyslipidemia, or the amount of lipids in your blood, can be brought to healthy levels by altering your diet and lifestyle. In other cases, medications will be required.
What can be done at home to treat dyslipidemia?
To help treat dyslipidemia, some lifestyle changes can be made. These can include maintaining a healthy body weight, reducing fat, avoiding fast food and deep-fried food, eating more fruit and vegetables, quitting smoking and exercising …
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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)