- High-density lipoprotein (HDL)
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
- Leg and chest pain
- Tightness or pressure in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Sleeplessness and exhaustion
- Excessive palpitations,
- Cold sweats, Fainting
- Nausea and vomiting
Dyslipidemia, an excessive accumulation of fat in blood, can result from genetic, lifestyle, and medical factors. Here are the primary causes and contributing factors:
- Genetics: Genetic predisposition plays a significant role in Dyslipidemia. Some individuals inherit genetic mutations that can lead to high cholesterol or triglyceride levels, regardless of their lifestyle choices.
- Dietary Habits: A diet high in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol can contribute to Dyslipidemia. These unhealthy dietary choices can lead to increased low-density lipoprotein and triglycerides in the blood.
- Obesity: Excess body weight, particularly abdominal obesity, is strongly associated with Dyslipidemia. Obesity can disrupt the balance of lipids in the bloodstream and lead to high triglyceride levels and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
- Sedentary Lifestyle: Lack of regular physical activity can contribute to Dyslipidemia. Exercise helps improve lipid profiles by raising HDL cholesterol and lowering triglycerides.
- Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of Dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease. It can lower HDL cholesterol levels and damage blood vessels, making it easier for LDL cholesterol to accumulate faster.
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Excessive alcohol consumption can raise triglyceride levels in the blood, contributing to Dyslipidemia.
Complications related to Dyslipidemia primarily revolve around the increased possibilities of cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks, strokes, and coronary artery disease. Dyslipidemia contributes to the development of atherosclerosis, a condition characterised by the buildup of fatty deposits (plaques) in the walls of arteries. These plaques can harden or narrow the arteries, leading to various complications:
- Coronary Artery Disease (CAD): Dyslipidemia is a significant risk factor for developing CAD. It occurs when the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrowed or clogged. This can result in angina (chest pain) or, in severe cases, heart attacks.
- Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction): If a plaque in a coronary artery ruptures or completely blocks blood flow, it can lead to a heart attack.
- Stroke: Dyslipidemia increases the risk of atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries (neck arteries) and cerebral arteries, raising the likelihood of ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes happen when blood flow to the brain is obstructed due to a blood clot.
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Dyslipidemia worsens the condition of atherosclerosis and can also affect arteries in the legs, leading to peripheral artery disease, causing leg pain, numbness, and impaired circulation, particularly during physical activity.
- Aneurysms: Dyslipidemia can contribute to the development of aneurysms, which are weakened and enlarged sections of blood vessels. Aneurysms can be life-threatening if they rupture.
- Hypertension or High Blood Pressure: High levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides can damage the inner lining of blood vessels, leading to hypertension. Hypertension or high blood pressure level is a considerable risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- Pancreatitis: Extremely high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream, a condition known as hypertriglyceridemia, can increase the risk of acute pancreatitis, a painful and potentially life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas.
- Causes Minimal Side Effects: The proper optimisation of naturopathic therapies has minimal to no side effects. This can be particularly the most effective treatment for individuals who prefer natural approaches and wish to avoid potential side effects associated with certain medications prescribed for Dyslipidemia.
- Focuses on Patient Education: Naturopathic practitioners often educate patients about the underlying causes of Dyslipidemia and how various lifestyle factors impact lipid profiles. This comprehensive understanding empowers individuals to actively participate in their own health management and make well-informed choices to manage Dyslipidemia.
Naturopathic approaches to managing Dyslipidemia emphasise natural therapies and lifestyle modifications to improve lipid profiles and cardiovascular health. At Healthville, one of India’s best Naturopathy healing centres, our expert naturopaths will help individuals improve their health conditions sustainably. Here are some common naturopathic approaches that are used to manage Dyslipidemia:
- Dietary Modifications: Naturopaths often recommend a Heart-Healthy Diet therapy that is rich in whole foods, emphasising fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and high-fibre foods to regulate the cholesterol level in the body.
- Naturopathy treatments: Naturopathy treatment encompasses certain approaches to treat Dyslipidemia. It may include;
- Deep tissue massage– This therapy relaxes your muscles, increases the blood and lymph flow and breaks up the fat source to be absorbed into the body.
- Salt oil glow massage– This therapy helps mobilise subcutaneous fat and removes dead skin and cells.
- Colon Hydrotherapy– It helps in removing bulk from the large intestine, flushing out toxic substances and replacing the gut with good bacteria.
- Mud application to the abdomen– This therapy improves the digestion in the body and the metabolism, which helps burn excessive fat.
- Mud bath– It improves metabolism and thus helps burn the body fat and release toxins in the body.
- Behavioural intervention – Naturopathic practitioners educate the individual about maintaining a healthy weight and its associated advantages.
- Yoga therapy and Pranayama: Naturopathy emphasises yoga and pranayama to address Dyslipidemia naturally. The yoga poses may include Chaturanga Dandasana, Virabhadrasana, Trikonasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Sarvangasana, Sethu Bandha Sarvangasana, Dhanurasana, Surya Namaskara, Dynamic asanas, and Pranayamas like Kapalbhati, Bhastrika pranayama & fast breathing, that leads to burning excessive fats.