Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in all parts of the body. High cholesterol can be harmful and is associated with serious health conditions. You may want to compare bariatric surgery's high improvement rates for this condition to the long-term effects of high cholesterol.
People with high cholesterol are at risk for developing:
- Heart disease including hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which is a principle cause of coronary heart disease, and heart attack
- Stroke which is an interruption or blockage of blood to the brain