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Liposuction May Cut Harmful Blood Fat

Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 12:58 PM

The fat-removal procedure liposuction may have an unintended health benefit: reducing levels of a dangerous blood fat.

A study by Dr. Eric Swanson, a plastic surgeon in Leawood, Kan., found that people with high triglyercide levels who had the surgery experienced a 43 percent reduction in the blood fat three months after the procedure, according to a blog in the Los Angeles Times. That amount is nearly double the reduction cholesterol-lowering drugs offer. People with normal triglyceride levels showed no change.

White blood cell counts also fell by 11 percent after surgery. Those cells are associated with increased risk of heart disease.

Swanson’s work will be presented this weekend at a meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in Denver.

To read the complete Los Angeles Times blog, Go Here.





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