Updated Sep 13th, — Written by Craig Clarke. Medical review by Dr. However, much of the recent research shines light on how high-fat, low-carb diets can optimize your cholesterol levels and in fact improve your heart health. In this article, we will take a closer look at the most up-to-date research on different types of cholesterol, how each one affects our health, and the impact that the keto diet has on our cholesterol levels. Before we can examine the research, we need to understand the roles fat, cholesterol, and carrier molecules called lipoproteins play in the body. This means that you if you put a fat such as oil or grease in water, they will not mix. In the human body, fats are most commonly found in the bloodstream in one of two forms.
And what if you get an elevated cholesterol on LCHF, what should you do? First the great news: A low-carb high-fat diet usually results in an improved cholesterol profile, indicating a lower risk of heart disease. The cholesterol profile also typically improves in two more ways: lower triglycerides and larger, less dense LDL particles. All things that may reduce risk of heart disease, statistically. It has also been shown that two years with low-carb, high-fat diet advice results in a reduction of atherosclerosis — people actually got less signs of heart disease, and after one year there is as a reduction of their cardiovascular risk based on standard calculations. On average the elevation of total and LDL cholesterol is so small that most studies do not even pick up on it. But for a smaller number of people — possibly around percent of the population — there can be worrying elevations of LDL and total cholesterol, beyond what can be considered normal. This potential risk is worth taking seriously. It can also be worth taking steps to correct it. And sadly, the typical MD will have no clue how to interpret the numbers. The problem I have with all of these markers, no matter what they are, is that all of them are correlations.
The US National Institutes of Health website lists the following optimal cholesterol and triglyceride values for people at low risk for heart disease, measured after a fast of hours. But the folks who are proponents of low-fat diet cry foul. He seemed quite happy. At Diet Doctor, we endeavor to understand if this knowledge is applicable to people eating low-carb. Thanks for this post Dr Mike. After convincing my financial adviser to fight for a retest and find out what they numbers they actually considered he was a former drug rep! This method was used in our previous analyses in examining the association between dietary carbohydrate and body weight [ 24 ] and accounts for missing data points. You get a more stable glucose without the fasting “dip”. Deborah Burdette. Crystal clear just like the veins in my eyes! As far as Cholesterol, my totals which were to me already okay went down somewhat and the other readings all “improved” also within two months of going strictly LCHF.