Obesity and High Cholesterol
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is often associated with excess body weight. Moreover, weight gain in itself often leads to an increase of the cholesterol level. Conversely, a loss of weight often results in a decrease of the cholesterol level. Hypercholesterolemia is harmful to your health on many levels, particularly with respect to your cardiovascular system. Hypercholesterolemia causes atherosclerosis, which means that the walls of the blood vessels become diseased and thickened due to the accumulation of cholesterol plaques, so that the diameter of your blood vessels gets significantly reduced to such a point that the flow of blood circulating through is greatly diminished, giving rise to all sorts of problems such as the occurence of a heart attack, for example. Most patients who suffer from hypercholesterolemia take medications which, sometimes, can have undesirable side effects.