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Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, and Heart Protection

Cholesterol and triglycerides, known as lipids, are fatty substances normally produced by the body. Dyslipidemia means lipid levels in the bloodstream are too high or low. The most common types of dyslipidemia are:

• High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol
• Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol
• High levels of triglycerides

Dyslipidemia contributes to atherosclerosis, a disease in which fatty deposits called plaque build up in the arteries over time. The arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body. If plaque narrows your arteries, you are more likely to suffer from heart disease, heart attack, peripheral artery disease (reduced blood flow in the limbs, usually the legs), and stroke.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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