Weight & Fitness

The Importance of Weight Management Besides Feeling and Looking Good (Cholesterol Health)

Obesity is a main cause of bad cholesterol levels

There’s no denying the fact that obesity has been on the rise for decades, with Singapore having the second highest overweight prevalence in Southeast Asia, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It has been proven to make life inconvenient and to lower people’s quality of life.

However, it also comes with much more serious health issues, such as bad cholesterol levels, which in worst cases, result in heart diseases and even death.

Being obese causes your body to change its cholesterol levels. Most of us know that it can lead to a spike in bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels, but did you know that it can also lower good high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol? HDL cholesterol is not only important for removing bad cholesterol but also to reduce the risk of heart diseases.

When high cholesterol is left untreated, it can cause a dangerous accumulation of cholesterol and other deposits on the walls of your arteries (atherosclerosis). These deposits (plaques) can reduce blood flow through your arteries, which may cause complications.

But what is cholesterol?

In a nutshell, cholesterol is a fatty substance your body uses to make hormones and metabolize food. High cholesterol, also known as dyslipidemia, means that there is an imbalance of fats, circulating in your blood stream. The table below demonstrates what cholesterol numbers are considered healthy, borderline and high risk for developing heart diseases:

Source: Chronic Disease Reference Range, Health Promotion Board (Singapore)

To understand your risk of developing high cholesterol, a blood test will be needed for your doctor to determine the amount of lipids, or fats in your blood.

How can I maintain my cholesterol levels?

Start off by making small changes to your diet and exercise habits. Instead of changing your total intake of calories, you can make changes to the types of foods you eat that will contribute to healthier cholesterol levels.

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For those of you who are obese or have extra body fat, studies suggest that weight loss can also significantly help to increase your HDL and in turn, reduce your risk of developing heart diseases from high cholesterol:

Types of Cholesterol Levels (mmol/L) What does the level mean?
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
"bad cholesterol"
<3.4 Optimal
3.4 - 4.0 Borderline high
4.1 - 4.8 High
>4.8 Very high

High-density lipoprotein (HDL)
"good cholesterol"

1.0 - 1.5 Optimal
>1.5 High
"fat in the blood"
<2.3 Normal
2.3 - 4.4 High
>4.4 Very high

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