Hyperlipidemia: Causes and Symptoms

Hyperlipidemia: Causes and Symptoms

Hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol, is a broad term for several acquired or inherited disorders that result in a high accumulation of fat proteins in the blood.

What is Hyperlipidemia?

As the name suggests, hyperlipidemia is a condition in which abnormally high levels of lipids and lipoproteins in the body can lead to a wide range of related health complications, primarily those involving the cardiovascular system.

There are two main types of hyperlipidemia.

  • genetic
  • behavior (commonly occurs with diabetes)



Any one of the following causes can lead to hyperlipidemia:

Genetic Predisposition

  • smoking
  • obesity
  • insufficient diet
  • inactive lifestyle


Hyperlipidemia alone does not always cause certain symptoms. Other people may have some of the following symptoms of hyperlipidemia:

  • Pancreatitis (a painful swelling of the pancreas)
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • plaque in the walls of arteries and blood vessels
  • Pain with walking and gangrene
  • In hereditary or hereditary hyperlipidemia, there may be yellowish fat around the eyes or around the joints.

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