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How can losing weight help with borderline cholesterol levels?

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You can have borderline high cholesterol and be at a healthy weight. But if you're overweight, losing those extra pounds can help bring your cholesterol level back down.

Losing as little as 5% of your body weight can lower your cholesterol levels. One study found that adults who took part in a 12-week exercise program lowered their LDL by 18 points, and their total cholesterol dropped 26 points.

With a combination of weight loss and a healthy diet, it’s possible to lower LDL levels up to 30% -- results that are similar to taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC."

CDC: “Cholesterol Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Top 5 Lifestyle Choices to Reduce Cholesterol,” “Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of High Cholesterol.”

Chai, S. The FASEB Journal, April 2011.

Alvarez-Suarez, J. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, March 2014.

FDA: "Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC."

CDC: “Cholesterol Facts.”

Mayo Clinic: “Top 5 Lifestyle Choices to Reduce Cholesterol,” “Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers.”

American Heart Association: “Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of High Cholesterol.”

Chai, S. The FASEB Journal, April 2011.

Alvarez-Suarez, J. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, March 2014.

FDA: "Talking About Trans Fat: What You Need to Know."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 16, 2018

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