Life Saving Lipo
Study finds liposuction could cut risk for heart disease.
Those who are tired of sucking it in often choose to have it sucked out.
Now it turns out liposuction might help shrink your waistline and your risk for heart disease.
A new study of 300 liposuction and tummy tuck patients looked at levels of fat molecules in the blood, like cholesterol and triglycerides, before and after surgery.
If either of these blood fats are too high the chances of having a heart attack or stroke go up.
Turns out triglycerides disappear with the unwanted fat.
"It wasn't a small decrease, it was quite a dramatic decrease. It was 43% among participants who had raised triglycerides before surgery," says Dr. Eric Swanson.
Swanson, the lead researcher, says liposuction had a bigger impact on triglyceride levels than medication or diet and exercise.
"If we reduce the volume of fatty tissue in the body it actually reduces the levels of the things those fat cells produce, like triglycerides," he explains.
Still, Dr. Swanson says the research doesn't support liposuction as a treatment for high triglycerides.
"I don't think you should have the procedure necessarily with that as your objective, but if you're a candidate anyway it sure doesn't hurt," he says.
Experts with the American Heart Association say it is possible that liposuction has a positive effect on blood fats, but whether this translates to a lower risk of stroke or heart attack needs more study.
The researchers say liposuction had the biggest benefit in patients who were near their ideal body weight.
They say because obese patients have more fat to start with, liposuction may not remove enough to have a big impact on triglyceride levels.