The Avocado’s Effect on Lowering LDL Cholesterol
Obesity carries with it a multitude of side effects one such being high cholesterol. Low density lipoproteins, also known as LDL and high density lipoproteins, or HDL, are just two of the subtypes. While both fall under the category of cholesterol their effects on the body are vastly different.
The body needs cholesterol to function properly but excess amounts can have a detrimental effect on your body. Cholesterol assists your cells in the production of Vitamin D, hormones, and bile and is essential to good health, in moderate amounts.
LDL is often referred to as “bad cholesterol” because it can cause plaque buildup within the arteries. If you are obese chances are your LDL cholesterol is high and this is a dangerous thing. Excessive amounts of LDL can lead to heart disease and other complications.
Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute in Brevard County, FL wants you to be aware of the many health risks associated with high LDL cholesterol. One of our goals is to give you accurate information to assist you on your weight loss journey and provide you with tangible assistance on your journey to health.
If you happened to turn on the news at all recently you perhaps heard about a recent study touting the health benefits of the avocado. This delicious creamy fruit does so much more than make for a stellar sandwich, snack, or addition to many meals. The avocado can actually help lower LDL cholesterol. Imagine that! A tasty treat loaded with healthy fats that can actually help you lower your LDL.
Penn State University recently published a report on the health benefits of the avocado and the results were astounding. 45 obese or overweight individuals were asked to follow one of three cholesterol-lowering diets and followed for several weeks.
After the allotted time period, it was found that a moderate fat diet including one avocado per day significantly lowered LDL in the participants. The results even surprised the lead author of the study who said that it must be something to do with the avocado itself.
The road to weight loss and health can be long and take many detours. It is a matter of changing long held lifestyle choices and beliefs. Perhaps an avocado a day in conjunction with a healthy moderate fat diet can provide the results you need to lower your LDL and, hopefully, prevent heart disease.
Dr. Velarde wants to help you succeed. Please contact us today with any questions you may have concerning bariatric surgery and steps you can take to lose the weight for good.