xanthoma
Xanthoma

Also referred to as Hypertriglyceridemia

Levels of Triglycerides in the blood can be elevated.

Can lead to the following:

1.)   Atherosclerosis
2.)   Heart Disease
3.)   Stroke
4.)   Pancreatitis

Symptoms:   

-    No symptoms are typically seen   
-    Xanthomas – deposits of triglycerides in the skin   
-    Itching

Causes:

-    Obesity
-    Diet
-    Diabetes
-    Hypothyroidism
-    Kidney issues
-    Excess Alcohol
-    others

Levels

Normal                       Less then 150 mg/dL
Borderline                  150-199 mg/dL
High                           200-499 mg/dL
Very High                  500+

Treatment

.               Niacin
.               Statins
.               Fibrates *** not used as first line treatment
                         -  Gemfibrozil

-   Fish oil
-   Omega-3 fatty acids
-   Diet low in Triglycerides
-   Exercise

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