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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Michelle, Community Member, asks

Q: Unspecified hyperlipidemia and liver disorder?

My 21-year-old son has been diagnosed with unspecified hyperlipidemia and and undisclosed liver disorder.  What does this really mean? He stated he wasn't feeling well last month and went in for a physical. It seems so very strange that a person of this age would have these symptoms. What can we do?

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Karen McPartland, RD, Health Guide
9/13/11 8:40pm

Hi Michelle,


Hyperlipidemia is basically a high level of fat in your blood. This could be a high total cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol, or high triglyceride level.  


Review the information in this link as it provides information about lipids/cholesterol levels from the American Heart Association.  I am not sure what his physician means about "undisclosed liver disorder".  Talk to his physician about the details of his diagnosis so that you can better understand what everything means and what the next steps may be.


Best Regards,

Karen McPartland, RD


P.S.  Here are some links you might find useful as you learn more about your son's illness:


Men and High Cholesterol

Symptoms of High Cholesterol

Low Cholesterol Diet: How to Cut Out the Fat


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