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High cholesterol, heart disease and obesity are the familiar steps in a tragic progression of declining health that affects hundreds of thousands of people every year.
The relationship is clear. For a healthy heart, the best course of action is often to lower cholesterol in large part by losing weight. Even without weight loss, there are many heart benefits to lowering your cholesterol levels.
Nearly 1 million Americans died of heart disease in 2002.
52 million Americans have high cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease.
67 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, the top contributor to high cholesterol.
According to the American Heart Association, being overweight or obese is the #2 preventable cause of death in the United States.
Be sure to work with your doctor to develop a cholesterol-lowering plan that is safe and effective for you. These plans usually involve some combination of dietary changes, regular exercise, medication, and weight loss.