Inquiring minds: What does “dyslipidemia” mean?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. What does “dyslipidemia” mean? My doctor is warning me about it.

A. Dyslipidemia refers to an abnormal amount of cholesterol and/or fat in the blood. In western societies with our fat and salt-laden diets, that usually means that a person has hyperlipidemia or too much “bad” or low-density cholesterol or fatty acids like triglycerides. Your doctor can advise you whether you need medication in addition to making lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
(“Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment” and online resources.)

Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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