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Weight Loss and High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is in every cell of our bodies, helping to build healthy cells and create hormonal balance. There is good (HDL) cholesterol and bad (LDL) cholesterol. What is termed “high cholesterol” is actually an imbalance of the ratios between HDL and LDL. Obesity is often at the root of this imbalance, so it makes sense that weight loss surgery could be an important factor in restoring proper HDL levels.

High Cholesterol

There are a few reasons why it is important to consider weight loss and cholesterol reduction. Consistently eating foods high in fat and saturated fat raises the amount of cholesterol in blood and can impact the body’s ability to produce healthy cells. It can also result in carrying extra fat around the waist, which has been linked to heart disease and other serious medical conditions. Risks can be determined by calculating the ratio of your hip-to-waist measurement. In addition to bariatric surgery, lifestyle changes and healthy eating habits are necessary for long-term health improvements.

Risks of High Cholesterol

There are no warning signs or symptoms to alert you that one’s body may be storing fatty deposits from high cholesterol within the blood vessels. Because of this, high cholesterol is considered extremely dangerous. It can affect circulation and lead to potentially fatal heart and vascular diseases. A targeted blood test is the only way to accurately measure levels of HDL and LDL.

Reducing BMI (body mass index, a calculator can be found here) to less than 30 is critical for getting back on track. While regular exercise and a diet low in saturated fats can help restore a good cholesterol balance, weight loss surgery might be the most effective and efficient treatment option to help jumpstart the path to health.

Bariatric Surgery Information

For more information on how bariatric surgery can help achieve both weight loss and cholesterol balance, call us at 940-387-7599 or email us at We look forward to being a part of your success!

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