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Could you tell me what are diseases caused by shortage or excessive of lipids?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Age dependent: Children need lipids for brain development. There are no adult lipid deficiency diseases. Vitmins a, e, d and k are fat soluble - prolonged diets with no fat (like all water diets) can cause vitamin deficiencies. Excess fats can lead to pancreatitis and premature or accelerated arteriosclerosis.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are diseases caused by excess of lipids?

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Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
Heart & Pancreatitis: Increased lipids(cholesterol) , & what we call atherogenic lipoproteins (which contain cholesterol & triglycerides) in excess can deposit in the artery wall & lead to the development of the atherosclerotic plaque that when it becomes unstable, ruptures leading to a heart attack or stroke. In addition, very high levels of triglycerides ( >500 mg/dl) but usually >1500-2000 can cause pancreatitis.
Last updated Aug 13, 2013

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