Complications of Lipid Disorder

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Lipid disorders, also known as dyslipidaemia, are conditions that affect the levels of lipids in the blood.
Lipids are a group of fats, which include: 1

infographic of lipids, cholesterol, and how they work

These lipids play an important role in all living cells. However, individuals will have the risk of developing certain complications when the levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), and/or triglycerides are abnormal (too high). 1

Risk factors or causes of lipid disorders

Lipid disorders can be caused by a variety of factors, such as: 1,2

factors causing lipid disorder

What can lipid disorders lead to?

High levels of LDLs and triglycerides lead to fatty deposits, called plaque in the artery walls, which is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and even death:2

common effects of lipid disorder

Preventing or managing complications of lipid disorders

To reduce the risk of developing these complications, it is important to undergo regular check-ups and to follow lifestyle modifications, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise. It is also important to take any medications prescribed by your doctor.2


  1. Dietary and lifestyle modifications: This should be the first step in managing any lipid disorder. It includes reducing saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol intake. Increasing the intake of dietary fibre, increasing physical activity, and quitting smoking may also be beneficial. 2
  2. Medications: Depending on the type and severity of the disorder, medications may be prescribed to help lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. These medications can include statins, bile acid sequestrants, fibrates, nicotinic acid, and fish oil. 2
  3. Weight loss: If you are overweight or obese, weight loss is an important part of managing lipid disorders. Weight loss can help reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.1


1. Endocrine Society. Lipid Management in Patients with Endocrine Disorders: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. Available at: Accessed on: 20 November 2022.

2. Natesan V, Kim SJ. Lipid Metabolism, Disorders and Therapeutic Drugs–Review. Biomolecules & therapeutics. 2021;29(6):596.


Article contributed by Frontier Healthcare Clinical Content Team

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