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Rosie O'Donnell loses 40 pounds with surgery and low-carb diet 'to save my life'

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After suffering a heart attack in 2012, Rosie O'Donnell tried to lose weight on her own. Aware that she needed to shed more pounds for her health, Rosie made the choice to undergo weight loss surgery, reported People on Feb. 14.

"I did it to save my life," said the 51-year-old comedienne of her vertical gastric sleeve surgery.

Rosie made the announcement at a Go Red luncheon sponsored by the American Heart Association. She's been outspoken about her condition since her heart attack, recently appearing on Dr. Mehmet Oz's talk show and Access Hollywood to share her views (click here for a recap of that appearance).

Since having the procedure in July 2013, the comedian has lost 40 lbs., going from 230 lbs. to 190 lbs.

About the procedure: A doctor removes about 80 percent of the patient's stomach, creating a small sleeve-shaped stomach that's the size of a banana.

Prior to losing the weight, Rosie had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was pre-diabetic, reported TV Guide on Feb. 14. Her doctor gave her one year to lose enough to weigh under 200 pounds - and diet only didn't do it.

"She tried to lose weight but it wasn't working," said her spokesperson.

Rosie first went on a plant-based diet after her heart attack and took daily walks, hoping to lose the weight naturally. Now that she's had the surgery, however, she is on a low-carb diet that also cuts down on red meat, according to People.

Also recently undergoing weight loss surgery for his health: Weatherman Al Roker. Read about his views on the surgery and his views on how his life has changed after losing 140 pounds by clicking here.

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