Rosie O’Donnell has looked trimmer recently. The 51 year old comedian and star revealed her weight lost secret, admitting she resorted to surgery as a life-saving measure. This weight loss surgery has taken her down to 190 pounds. The star lost over 40 pounds.
A heart attack in 2012 prompted the star to undergo surgery. The American Heart Association states that heart disease is America’s “No. 1 killer”.
While weight loss surgery remains a much debated area of medicine, being overweight poses its own risk to health. O’Donnell, fully aware of the health implications of being overweight, admitted that she opted for the surgery as a last resort. She says she did it to save her life.
Rosie O’Donnell reportedly underwent a gastric sleeve surgery. The procedure involves removing most of the patient’s stomach. The surgery wasn’t the only step the star took to safeguard her health. She has also changed her eating habits, sensibly limiting red meat, carbohydrates and sugar in her diet.
The star says she also takes short walks on a regularly basis. The American Heart Association confirms that exercising for just 30 minutes each day can reduce the risk of heart disease significantly.
Along with eating healthy, there are a number steps anyone can take to reduce the risk of heart disease. This includes not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, managing and monitoring blood pressure as well as cholesterol. Also, it’s important to keep blood sugar or glucose at the recommended health levels.
Rosie O’Donnell recently spoke at the American Heart Association’s luncheon for women in December, unveiling her slim figure and the secret behind her weight loss. Her talk served to bring more awareness to the subject, highlighting her experience.
O’Donnell’s struggle with her weight is well documented. In an interview with Piers Morgan, the comedian talked about losing weight back in January 2012. Morgan remarked that the cuddly comedian was not as cuddly as she used to be.
He commented that she was fast “disappearing”. The comedian’s disappearing act continued into 2013, when she decided to opt for the surgery in July.
Her spokesman, Cindi Berger said O’Donnell tried losing weight, but found it was not working.
At the time of the interview with Piers Morgan, the comedian credited her wife, Michelle Rounds with much of her weight loss. While Rounds was eager to marry O’Donnell, she was concerned about her weight and living a long, happy and healthy life together. O’Donnell spoke of how her wife made her do the “treadmill for as long as” she could. At first it was 20 minutes, followed by 45 minutes or two miles. Healthy dinners were another big change.
Being overweight can result in high blood pressure, high cholesterol and an increased risk of becoming diabetic. Before the operation, the star had high blood pressure and cholesterol.
However taking sensible measures along with following the recommended Life’s Simple 7 by the America Heart Association has proven Rosie O’Donnell’s biggest secret to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
By Simone Innamorati
American Heart Association