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High lipid levels raise alarm

Update: November, 25/2014 - 09:16
About 44 per cent of Ha Noi and HCM City residents have hyperlipidaemia, a condition where one has an abnormally elevated level of lipids in their blood. — Photo baoquanninh

HA NOI (VNS) — About 44 per cent of Ha Noi and HCM City residents have hyperlipidaemia, a condition where one has an abnormally elevated level of lipids in their blood, according to a recent study by the National Institute of Nutrition.

The number is concerning, as research shows a direct connection between hyperlipidaemia and lethal illness, according to Viet Nam National Heart Association president Pham Gia Khai.

"Up to 90 per cent of heart attacks are caused by cholesterol plaques while about 93 per cent of stroke sufferers have hyperlipidaemia," he said.

Doctor Bui The Hoa from HCM City-based Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital's Cardiovascular Department agreed with Khai.

"The elevation of the fat or cholesterol level in the blood grows silently. But it can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes," Hoa said.

Nearly six million people in Viet Nam have diabetes, the Ministry of Health reported this year. This number grew by 211 per cent in the last decade, according to Nguyen Thi Khue, president of the Vietnamese Association of Diabetes and Endocrinology. Alcohols, smoking and an unbalanced diet heavy in fat are the most likely causes of hyperlipidaemia. However, the condition can occur in anyone, no matter his or her weight or diet, warned HCM City Heart Association Dang Van Phuoc.

Viet Nam National Heart Association President Pham Gia Khai said the best way to treat the condition was to change unhealthy life habits.

"Patients should avoid fatty food, alcohol and cigarettes and exercise more. Medicine should always be a last resort," Khai said. — VNS

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