Having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. With high cholesterol, fatty deposits may develop in your blood vessels.
What is high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in lipids (fats) in the blood. Your body needs cholesterol in order to continually build healthy cells, but having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. With high cholesterol, fatty deposits may develop in your blood vessels. Over time, these deposits will make it difficult for sufficient blood to flow through your arteries. As a result, your heart may not get as much oxygen-rich blood as it needs, increasing the risk of a heart attack. If blood flow to the brain decreases, it can cause a stroke. Your higher cholesterol may be inherited, but often it stems from unhealthy lifestyle choices. The good news is, this condition is both preventable and treatable.* Regular exercise, a healthy diet and weight loss medication can go a long way toward reducing high cholesterol.*
Is high cholesterol linked with obesity?
High cholesterol and obesity have a strong connection. Having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater puts you at risk of high cholesterol. Eating trans fats (found in cookies and crackers) can raise your cholesterol level. If you are a man with a waist circumference of at least 40 inches (102 centimeters) or a woman with a waist circumference of at least 35 inches (89 centimeters), your risk is increased. The combination of high cholesterol and obesity is also linked to diabetes. High blood sugar contributes to an increase in bad cholesterol and can damage the lining of your arteries.
Schedule medical weight loss treatments in British Columbia
Exercise is a great way to boost good cholesterol in your body while also increasing the size of the particles that make up the bad cholesterol, making it harmless. For additional advice on how to lose weight and reduce your cholesterol, request an appointment at MediMax Obesity Institute. We have four locations in British Columbia and we help patients who are seeking weight loss advice and treatments from medical professionals. To get started give us a call at (604) 217-1827 or make an online request.
*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.