What Is Dyslipidemia?
High levels of a certain lipid in the blood is characterised as Dyslipidemia. The blood comprises three main lipids which are as follows:
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is known as the ‘good cholesterol’ as it removes LDL from the blood
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the ‘bad cholesterol’. This present in great amounts can cause it to deposit on the walls of the arteries and this further leads to heart conditions
- Triglycerides are the energy reserves of the body, as they are not burnt out immediately once consumed through food, but rather remain in the cells for when the body requires the energy
A high level of LDL or triglycerides coupled with LDL, coupled with low HDL levels poses the risk for dyslipidemia.