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High Cholesterol

How much weight should I lose to lower my cholesterol?

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  • Weight loss improves many health outcomes, including high cholesterol. Studies have shown that a loss as little as 10% of your total body weight can improve cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as lower the risk of a heart attack. However, there are many other factors that affect high cholesterol and people may need cholesterol medications despite losing 10% of their weight.
  • APenn Medicine answered
    If you are overweight, you can reduce your cholesterol by losing weight. Simply shedding 5% to 10% of your weight can significantly reduce your blood cholesterol. Cutting 500 calories per day can promote a 1-pound weight loss per week.
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