Often referred to as high cholesterol, dyslipidemia is the imbalance of lipid or fat found in your bloodstream. While moderate lipid levels in your body are okay, high levels can put you at higher risk for other medical health concerns. Read on for more information on dyslipidemia and how it affects your liver health.
There are three prime types of lipids found in your blood:
If not monitored and controlled, dyslipidemia can be severe. If high cholesterol is left untreated, you allow plaque buildup in your blood vessels which may result in health complications such as cardiovascular disease.
The short answer is yes! Your liver produces cholesterol and transfers it to the parts of your body where it’s needed. However, it becomes more complicated when cholesterol levels are too high. The build-up of excess fat can cause damage to the liver. The liver is vital to the management of cholesterol in your body thus, changes in lipids can play a fundamental role in chronic liver diseases, such as:
Dyslipidemia is strongly associated with non-alcoholic liver disease based on recent study findings.
Unless severe, minor dyslipidemia is challenging to detect since symptoms are relatively unseen. Most frequently, it is found via blood work or when testing for a different condition. Implementing lifestyle adjustments such as routine exercise and the reduction of unhealthy fats can have positive outcomes on those learning to best manage their dyslipidemia.
More severe symptoms of dyslipidemia can include chest pains, dizziness, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, and swelling of the ankles or feet. When it comes to treatment, a healthcare professional will target lowering the levels of triglycerides and LDL. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of dyslipidemia and the underlying causes found.
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