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Lipid Disorders

Lipid disorders are a group of conditions involving abnormal levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in the blood. Abnormal levels of these substances increase your risk of heart and vascular disease. By keeping your lipid disorder under control, you may be able to lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and other complications.

Lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, play important roles in your body. Cholesterol, for example, is important in the production of cell membranes and many hormones. However, many people develop unhealthy levels of certain lipids due to their genetics or lifestyle, or as a result of other health conditions. Important lipids include:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. High levels of this substance, known as “bad” cholesterol, contribute to plaque formation (atherosclerosis) along the walls of the arteries.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This lipid, known as “good” cholesterol, helps prevent plaque formation in the arteries and should be kept as high as possible.
  • Triglycerides. High levels of these lipids may increase your risk of heart and vascular disease.

High-fat diets, obesity and lack of exercise can be factors in lipid disorders. However, some cases result from specific inherited disorders, such as familial hypercholesterolemia or familial hypertriglyceridemia. Others stem from conditions such as chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes and underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).

At Indiana University Health, we provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for all types of lipid disorders, including the most challenging cases. We can help if you have a rare lipid disorder or if typical therapies do not bring your cholesterol and triglyceride levels into safer ranges.

We work with you and your primary care provider to develop a care program that is effective and sustainable based on your needs, preferences and lifestyle. We are skilled in treating lipid disorders that have a strong inherited component, have failed to respond to medicines or have other complicating factors.

Due to our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, you can be assured that we have access to the most current tools and techniques for managing your lipid disorder. By participating in clinical trials, our patients sometimes gain access to medicines that are not yet available elsewhere.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Lipid Disorders Treatment Information

In addition to counseling on lifestyle changes, we offer a variety of treatment options to bring your lipid disorder under control. They include:

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Lipid Disorders Support Services

Resources for patients with lipid disorders are available at these websites: