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Can lupus directly cause high cholesterol in active person of normal weight who eats healthy?i'm not referring to med related, wt gain, or domino effect

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Sort of...: There is a "lupus pattern" of cholesterol that includes very high levels of triglycerides and a cholesterol particle called vldl and low levels of hdl. It can create an abnormal overall lipid panel. These changes seem to be present even in patients with inactive lupus, so it's probably a primary feature of the disease and not a secondary effect. Complicated question; hope that helps.

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