High Cholesterol

How does body weight affect blood cholesterol level?

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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.
  • A answered
    If you are overweight, losing weight can help lower blood cholesterol levels. It is also the most effective lifestyle change to reduce high blood pressure and diabetes, which are both risk factors for atherosclerosis and heart disease. The best way to lose weight is through a combination of diet and exercise, emphasizing healthy food choices, portion control and an active lifestyle.
  • A 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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    Carrying a few extra pounds? They could be making your cholesterol worse. Excess weight -- especially around your waist -- tends to increase your harmful LDL cholesterol levels. The good news is losing even a little extra weight may help lower your LDL and triglycerides while raising beneficial HDL cholesterol levels.  
  • Being overweight tends to increase your chances for high cholesterol and heart disease. This could be because individuals who are overweight often consume foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol, which increase your cholesterol levels. Obesity could also lead to high cholesterol because obese people usually do not get the exercise necessary for a healthy cholesterol level. High cholesterol levels caused by poor diet and exercise can be easily remedied with a more active and healthy lifestyle. Other times, cholesterol does not have anything to do with weight; it can affect those who are a regular weight. In this case, the condition is usually treated with medication.
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