High Lipase Enzyme: Causes And Treatment For Elevated Lipase Levels

Lipase is an enzyme that the body produces to aid in the digestion, processing, and transport of dietary lipids such as fats, oils, and triglycerides. There are a number of different lipase enzymes, with different functions and targeting certain lipids.

Lipase enzymes are produced in the pancreas as well as some in the mouth and stomach. These enzymes are used to break down lipids or fats into fatty acids. These fatty acids are the ones that can be utilized by the body.

It is normal to have lipase enzymes in the body and several varieties of them at the same time.

Still, there are certain limits as to how much of these lipase enzymes should be present in the body. If the lipase enzyme levels are high, then something must be wrong somewhere.

Causes Of Elevated Lipase Levels

The normal levels of lipase enzymes in people below the age of 60 are from 10 to 140 units per liter (U/L). For those above 60, the normal measure is from 18 to 180 units per liter (U/L).

If the patient has elevated levels of these enzymes, he/she might experience sweating, weakness, and nausea. However, most of the time, there are no symptoms unless there is pancreatitis.

  • The elevated enzyme levels are detected via blood lipase test and the condition is also known as hyperlipasemia.
  • Because the lipase enzymes are primarily created in the pancreas, elevated levels of these enzymes in the blood often means problems in the pancreas or pancreatitis.
  • Still, it is possible that the elevated enzyme levels are due to other ailments that trigger the overproduction. These ailments could be:
    • Gall bladder infection
    • Gall bladder stones
    • Kidney failure
    • Bowel blockage
    • Peptic ulcer disease
    • Cancer of the salivary glands

    Other possible causes include:

    • Drinking too much alcohol
    • Obesity
    • Certain medications

Treatment For High Lipase Enzyme

  • To normalize the elevated levels of lipase enzyme in the blood, the doctor will prescribe certain medications. Also, it is possible for certain home remedies to be used to treat this problem.
  • Also, it is important that the patient change the diet to that high in fiber and low in fats and red meat.
  • Keep the patient hydrated by making him/her drink 8 to 10 glasses a day.
  • In addition to any treatment or remedies one most important thing to do is to stay away from drinking alcoholic beverages.


  1. CB said:

    What type of food must be consumed to reduce elevated lipase in my blood?

    September 4, 2017
    • PUP said:

      Lipase is an enzyme secreted by pancreas. Lipase helps to break fats that we eat and help in its digestion. High lipase in blood often occurs when pancreas are inflamed. In fact lipase and amylase blood test is frequently used in diagnosis of pancreatitis. Lipase is also increased in pancreatic tumor, gall bladder infection, obesity, drinking excessive alcohol etc. Foods that need to be avoided when lipase is elevated are as follows: Red meat, organ meat, fried food, mayonnaise, butter, cheese, pastries, alcohol, food that are high in sugar.

      August 24, 2018
  2. RG said:

    My lipase results are slightly high. I had mild pain in the epigastrium or just below the breast bone few days ago. I drink beer once or twice in a week. I am also a chronic smoker.

    June 25, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Lipase is an enzyme that is mainly produced by pancreas. It is essential for digestion of fat present in food. However, elevated lipase in blood is an indication that you may be having inflammation of the pancreas. This may be mild form of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can be serious sometime and even life-threatening. The first thing that needs to be done to prevent future episodes is to stop alcohol intake in any form. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. If you are obese, try to reduce your weight. Drink plenty of water and eat low fat diet. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits as they contain high amount of fiber.

      August 1, 2018

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