High cholesterol, or dyslipidemia, is dangerous because it has no symptoms, but is responsible for many deaths each year. Having high cholesterol makes you more likely to have heart disease - which is the leading cause of death in the United States.
What is high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a substance in your blood. Everyone has cholesterol, but too much can be dangerous. When cholesterol flows through your body, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and make them narrower. With a narrower passage to flow through, the blood may not spread as much oxygen as it needs to. This can lead to a heart attack. Every year, over a million Americans have a heart attack.
How is obesity related to high cholesterol?
Anyone of any weight can have high cholesterol, and this is partly determined by your genes. However, high cholesterol is more likely to be seen in people who are overweight or obese. It is estimated that almost half of people who have bariatric surgery have high cholesterol. In addition, people who eat foods high in trans fats/saturated fats, and who don’t exercise regularly, are more prone to having high cholesterol.
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How may losing weight help with high cholesterol?
Losing weight can help lower bad cholesterol levels. In conjunction with the weight loss itself, our bariatric surgery patients make healthy lifestyle changes that also aid in improving cholesterol levels. These changes include eating more produce, fewer saturated fats, and adding more movement to their day. In several large studies, patients who undergo bariatric surgery have been cured of their high cholesterol in about 60% of the cases.
If you have high cholesterol, losing weight can help you lower your risk of heart disease and early death. Cholesterol levels can be lowered with dietary and lifestyle changes as well as through weight loss. For people with a substantial amount of weight to lose, bariatric surgery is considered the most safe and effective method. Please contact us here if you’d like to learn more about the surgical weight loss options we offer, or about how health conditions like high cholesterol and heart disease can be helped with bariatric surgery. You can call us at (855) 690-0565 to get more information.Contact us now»
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