Weight Loss Surgery for High Cholesterol & Heart Disease
While cholesterol levels can be high in anyone due to genetic factors, overweight or obese patients are much more likely to have elevated bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is associated with clogging of the arteries, eventually leading to heart disease or a heart attack. Keeping down bad cholesterol is considered to be one key to a long, healthy life.
Being overweight doesn’t just raise bad cholesterol, it also lowers levels of protective, aka good, HDL cholesterol. Not only that, it affects more than your arteries: obesity is associated with an enlarged left ventricle in the heart, increasing the risk for heart failure.
How can losing weight help with cholesterol?
While many people treat high cholesterol with medication, diet and exercise are the other proven prescriptions for lowering cholesterol and improving heart health. Even if you need to undergo weight loss surgery to achieve a healthy weight, losing weight can significantly improve your cholesterol ratios.
If you’re already on cholesterol-reducing medication, making healthier eating choices and losing weight may even help you go off cholesterol medications—and eliminate their unwanted side effects.
Want help with losing weight and lowering cholesterol?
Taking care of your heart is central to your overall health and we’d love to help. We know how challenging it can be to lose weight and keep it off, but we’ve got proven solutions and an incredible team to support you throughout the process. Read about our weight loss options here.