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Dyslipidemia and obesity

Dyslipidemia is characterized by an abnormal level of lipids (fats) in the bloodstream. Lipids include cholesterol and triglycerides, which are essential components of the body's cells and play a vital role in various bodily functions.

Obesity and dyslipidemia often share common risk factors. One of the key factors is an unhealthy diet high in saturated fats, trans fats, and excess calories. Such a diet can contribute to both obesity, by causing excess calorie intake and weight gain, and dyslipidemia, by raising LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Managing dyslipidemia often involves lifestyle modifications (link to weight loss tips page), such as adopting a heart-healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and sometimes, medication prescribed by a Dignity Health cardiologist or obesity medicine specialist. Regular monitoring and management of lipid levels are essential to reduce the risk of associated health problems.

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How does obesity cause dyslipidemia?

Symptoms of dyslipidemia 

  • Cardiovascular disease

    • Chest pain or discomfort (angina)

    • Shortness of breath

    • Irregular heartbeat

    • Fatigue

    • Dizziness or fainting

  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

    • Pain, cramping, or numbness in the legs, particularly during physical activity

    • Coldness or weakness in the legs or feet

    • Slow-healing sores or wounds on the legs or feet

  • Pancreatitis

    • Severe abdominal pain

    • Nausea and vomiting

    • Fever

    • Rapid pulse

  • Xanthomas: Fatty deposits that can develop under the skin

  • Arcus Senilis: a white or grayish ring around the outer edge of the cornea

  • Gallstones

    • Abdominal pain, especially in the upper right part of the abdomen

    • Nausea and vomiting

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