Hyperlipidemia: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment


Hyperlipidemia is a medical term used to describe high levels of fats (lipids) in the blood, such as triglycerides and cholesterol. It is an inheritable condition that can also be caused by certain lifestyles such as inadequate physical activity, and unbalanced diet. It is predominantly seen in developed countries due to the high circulation of foods with high levels of cholesterol. According to research, the most popular type of hyperlipidemia is high cholesterol. Other types include mixed hyperlipidemia and hypertriglyceridemia, which refers to high levels of both triglyceride and cholesterol.

According to research, more than 94 million people older than 20 years have high levels of cholesterol. This accounts for about 50% of the adult population in the United States. Studies show that people with hyperlipidemia are more likely to have coronary artery disease, which can also lead to clogged arteries, stroke, and other severe conditions.

Although hyperlipidemia can lead to various health complications, it is a manageable condition that can be treated via regular medical checkups, medications, and lifestyle changes. Early diagnosis and treatment plan is the key to managing the condition.