by EBSCO Medical Review Board

The goal of treatment is to bring lipids to a healthy level. This will lower the risk of heart disease and other problems. This may involve lifestyle changes. Medicine may be used if these steps do not work. Your care team will help you stay on track with your goals. Treatment is often changed over time to meet your needs.

Lipid disorders are treated with:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapies


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Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
  • Review Date: 03/2019
  • Update Date: 05/28/2019