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Weight loss and Raised Cholesterol

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Created July 09, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I went to my doctor to get a requisition for bloodwork, but I am leery of getting it because I'm losing weight, and I'm worried that losing weight will raise my cholesterol. Well, I'm not worried about that, as much as I wish to avoid a stupid conversation with my doctor about high cholesterol numbers.

I've googled some, and it seems that losing weight can raise it, as it's fat and it's entering your system from storage. Can any of you shed some light on that, and should I hold off on getting the tests? I'm really getting them to check my blood sugar, but asked I for a full work up. I have no doubt my blood sugar is fine, it was last year.

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Why did you remove your initial response? It was a good response.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16459892

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http://ukpmc.ac.uk/abstract/MED/3103518

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on July 09, 2012
at 03:30 PM

I might be able to offer some reasoning explaining this occurrence:

Often as fat is lost and health is improved, sub-clinical cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are resolved, causing the liberation of lipoproteins from the liver which are hence released into circulation in the blood stream. Someone who knows a bit more about this (calling Mr. Masterjohn, Mr. Masterjohn?) might need to correct me or elaborate upon the process, but I think it's sensible.

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on July 23, 2013
at 02:27 PM

I have been on an active slow weight loss regime for 4 years because my cholesterol was moderately high. I have successfully lost about 50 pounds. I recently asked a new doctor if I could get my levels checked twice a year instead of once for increased feedback to check for improvement. I try a lot of different things over a year. How do you know what is working if you only get checked once per year? Last year in January, when just coming off a 4 month period for weight maintenance, my number had dropped by 2 points! I just had my blood work taken last week which is 7 months later and I am back up to where I was a year ago, when also on active weight loss mode. I found this site when researching whether or not active weight loss elevates cholesterol. The only other difference between the winter and summer for me other than the eating style is this past winter I joined a gym to help me maintain my weight loss from summer, which worked. The last month I went was May. So it is possible that the cardio also helped my cholesterol to drop. I will know better in January 2014 if my cholesterol drops again. My story is not a scientific study , but I thought worth sharing.

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on July 12, 2012
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Losing weight may cause a short-term rise in your serum levels of cholesterol through the weight-loss process, as reported by "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition." They mention research in 1991 in which 6 fat women, their levels of cholesterol as well as body constitution all are taken into account. The research reveals a first decrease in cholesterol levels, accompanied by an increase while in ongoing weight loss to drop once again when they moved into weight maintenance.

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AJCN provides a reason behind the momentary rise in serum, blood, levels of cholesterol with weight-loss. The body has adipose (fat stores). The adipose stores start mobilizing when you lose weight, getting into the blood. That is a probable cause of a late increase in serum cholesterol levels with significant weight loss, points out AJCN. When your fat loss ceases, also does the increase in levels of cholesterol. Get on this website a diet plan to reduce cholesterol levels

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on July 09, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Yeah, weight loss can create abnormal lipid profiles, particularly if it's acute. People with anorexia nervosa typically (not rarely) have hypercholesterolemia. People Bulemia nervosa often shows elevated liver enzymes. In severe anorexics, both elevated cholesterol and liver enzymes are highly common. It would stand to reason then that if you are losing weight at a healthy pace, you'll probably have slightly elevated cholesterol, but probably not enough to get your doc worried.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16459892

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on July 09, 2012
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http://ukpmc.ac.uk/abstract/MED/3103518

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