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What can I do to improve my cholesterol levels if I'm obese?

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It starts with a simple blood test to check your cholesterol levels. If you have too much “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, you can change your diet. You can eat less saturated fat (found in animal foods), and more fiber (from plant foods), for instance. Becoming more active will help, too. If that’s not enough, you may also need to take medicines to help turn things around.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension),” “Osteoarthritis,” “Gallstones.”

American Heart Association: “Coronary Artery Disease -- Coronary Heart Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is a Stroke?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Type 2 Diabetes.”

National Cancer Institute: “Uncovering the Mechanisms Linking Obesity and Cancer Risk.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Sleep Apnea.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Obesity and Reproduction: A Committee Opinion.”

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 09, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension),” “Osteoarthritis,” “Gallstones.”

American Heart Association: “Coronary Artery Disease -- Coronary Heart Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is a Stroke?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Type 2 Diabetes.”

National Cancer Institute: “Uncovering the Mechanisms Linking Obesity and Cancer Risk.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Sleep Apnea.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Obesity and Reproduction: A Committee Opinion.”

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 09, 2018

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