In the United States, millions of people have high cholesterol. It has been proposed that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) like what is used with the Zerona laser may suppress cholesterologenesis and thereby reduce cholesterol and triglyceride serum levels by altering gene expression and inducing cellular modifications.
In 2010, the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery published a non-randomized, non-controlled pilot study to assess the efficacy of laser therapy in the noninvasive reduction of cholesterol and triglyceride serum levels.
Nineteen individuals were enrolled in the study and treated with a 635nm laser light. A standard lipid panel was studied before the procedure to establish a baseline and at the end of the second procedure week. When the cholesterol and triglyceride levels before and after the laser therapy were compared, 84% demonstrated an overall reduction in total cholesterol when compared to baseline.
While this preliminary study was too small to recommend the Zerona laser for cholesterol lowering, it does show another promising benefit of the fat loss procedure.
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Other ways to reduce cholesterol levels are through diet and exercise. Eating a diet low in saturated and trans fats has been found in studies to reduce overall cholesterol levels. Saturated fat is found in animal products such as whole milk products, fatty meats, and whole cheese products. Trans fats are found in fried and processed foods. Exercise has been shown to increase HDL cholesterol levels, a negative risk factor for heart disease.
In our practice at First Coast Wellness, we have seen the best results in lowering total cholesterol by combining Zerona laser treatments with a low fat meal plan designed by a Registered Dietitian, and exercise.