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How does being obese affect cholesterol levels?
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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics
In brief: Obese & cholesterol
It is variable. Obesity certainly increases your chances of developing high cholesterol.
On the other hand, there are also genetic causes as well because there are obese people with low cholesterol and non-obese people with high cholesterol (like myself). That said, reducing ones obesity, even if it doesn't lower their cholesterol, will have countless other benefits to their health.

In brief: Obese & cholesterol
It is variable. Obesity certainly increases your chances of developing high cholesterol.
On the other hand, there are also genetic causes as well because there are obese people with low cholesterol and non-obese people with high cholesterol (like myself). That said, reducing ones obesity, even if it doesn't lower their cholesterol, will have countless other benefits to their health.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
In brief: It may not
Surprisingly, cholesterol levels do not correlate with bodyweight.
Much of what affects cholesterol levels is genetics.

In brief: It may not
Surprisingly, cholesterol levels do not correlate with bodyweight.
Much of what affects cholesterol levels is genetics.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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