Medical Specialties

Dyslipidemia (Abnormal lipids)

What is it? Some of the most common lipid abnormalities include high levels of total cholesterol, low-density cholesterol (LDL or bad cholesterol), triglycerides, and low level of high-density cholesterol (HDL or good cholesterol).

What causes it? Abnormalities may be caused by unhealthy dietary and exercise habits, as well as genetics.

How is it treated? Depending on the severity, treatments may include changes in diet, increased exercise, weight loss, over the counter therapies and, in more severe cases, prescription medications.

What if it is not treated? If left untreated, lipid abnormalities can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.


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