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Dyslipidemia

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

Dyslipidemia is an 'abnormal' amount of lipids (e.g. cholesterol and/or fat) in the blood. In developed countries, most dyslipidemias are hyperlipidemias; that is, an elevation of lipids in the blood. 

There is no definition as to what is normal, as such the term is, in reality, meaningless. 

Cholesterol is an essential structural component of animal cell membranes.  It is required to establish proper membrane permeability and fluidity. In addition to its importance within cells, cholesterol also serves as a precursor for the biosynthesis of steroid hormones, bile acids, and vitamin D.  In effect, if we are in need of repair for any reason, then we should expect the cholesterol levels to be high.

High cholesterol is thus an indicator of other problems - a symptom and not a cause - see Endothelial dysfunction

How it works

see Blood circulatory system disease for a fuller description of this disease in context.

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