What are the risks of not following a low-fat diet?

If you are at risk for heart disease and do not follow the suggestions for a low-fat diet made by your healthcare provider, you may develop serious medical problems. Following are some of the risks of not following a low-fat diet:


  • Atherosclerosis (a build-up of fat-like substances in blood vessels) may lead to blood clots and a heart attack. Your heart muscle may be damaged and cause disability or death.
  • High blood cholesterol puts you at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Untreated high blood pressure may lead to a stroke (blood clot in the brain). It can also lead to a heart attack, or heart or kidney failure.
  • Obesity is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. This includes cancer of the breast, colon or prostate in men. Other health problems linked to obesity include bone and joint problems, breathing problems and emotional suffering.

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