Lipid Metabolism

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UT Southwestern Medical Center is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading clinical and research centers for lipid metabolism and lipid disorders, which affect the way cholesterol is used by the body. We are dedicated to developing advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment approaches that prevent or minimize the risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes caused by abnormalities in lipid metabolism.

Why Choose UT Southwestern?

Patients with diabeteshypertension, a poorly functioning thyroid, and abdominal obesity benefit from UT Southwestern’s lipid assessments, drug therapies, nutritional advice, and exercise recommendations. Our specialists offer expert consultation and advanced treatments that help patients attain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

UT Southwestern is dedicated to providing the interventional therapies needed to slow or reverse the progression of illnesses associated with lipid metabolism. Our physicians continually strive to apply their combined expertise, experience, and medical resources to deliver the best health care available for patients facing increased health risks related to cholesterol, triglycerides, and other metabolic disorders.

Conditions and Illnesses

The lipid metabolism specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the highest quality health care, including the accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and ongoing management of cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Some of the disorders linked with high lipid metabolism levels that we treat include:

  • Abdominal obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia and dyslipidemia, abnormal levels of lipids (cholesterol or fat) in the blood
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid disorders

Cholesterol Testing

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is produced by the liver and found in certain foods. Cholesterol is necessary in the body, helping it produce hormones and the bile that helps digest fats.

But in many cases, too much cholesterol can cause a waxy substance called plaque to build up in the arteries. A plaque buildup can narrow the arteries, which can slow the blood flow and lead to heart attack and stroke. 

There are usually no symptoms of high cholesterol, but cholesterol levels can be checked and monitored with a simple blood test. Your doctor will take a small sample of blood from your arm and have it tested at a lab. You may need to fast before having your blood drawn.

UT Southwestern physicians recommend that you have your cholesterol checked every five years beginning at age 20.

You may need to have it checked more often if:

  • Your total cholesterol (good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides) is over 200 mg/dL
  • You are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 50
  • Your HDL (good) cholesterol is less than 40 mg/dL
  • You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke

Our endocrinologists can put you on a treatment plan that will help manage your cholesterol levels and prevent or lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Clinical Research

UT Southwestern’s research has helped reveal promising targets for new drug therapies.

Exemplifying our commitment to advancing the science of lipid metabolism, ongoing studies by researchers at UT Southwestern have helped uncover the basis of many factors contributing to metabolic syndrome. The condition, which affects more than 47 million Americans, is a constellation of disorders of the body’s metabolism – such as abdominal obesity, hypertension, and insulin resistance – that increase a person’s risk of heart disease, dangerous plaque buildup in artery walls, and non-insulin-dependent diabetes.

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