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Are You Worried About Your Cholesterol on a Low-Carb Diet?

Are you worried about your cholesterol on a low-carb diet? The old idea that fat raises cholesterol, leading directly to heart disease, has been proven simply wrong.

Heart disease is a much more complicated process involving early damage to the lining of the arteries, and inflammation. In many ways a low-carb diet improves the risk factors for heart disease, like blood sugar, blood pressure and several components of the cholesterol profile.

If you want to learn more, here are our top 5 videos of people explaining how it all fits together:


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Bad Cholesterol “Helps You Live Longer”

No fear of cholesterol

The so-called bad cholesterol, LDL, may not be a cause for concern for older people. At least not if it’s high!

According to a new analysis of all earlier studies, people over 60 with high levels of LDL live longer and are not at higher risk of heart disease.

Aseem Malhotra, a top cardiologist, says: “The scientific evidence clearly reveals that we must stop fear-mongering when it comes to cholesterol and heart disease and focus instead on insulin resistance, the most important risk factor as a precursor to many chronic diseases.”

Listen to Dr. Malhotra commenting on this research:

The Times: Bad Cholesterol ‘Helps You Live Longer’

BMJ Open: Lack of an Association or an Inverse Association Between Low-Density- Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Mortality in the Elderly: a Systematic Review

So what does this all mean? It means for people over 60 it’s doubtful if there’s any cause to worry about higher LDL cholesterol. Statistically it may mean that the chance of living a long life is improved.

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Statins Leave Fit Pensioner Barely Able to Walk

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Cholesterol-lowering medications come with side effects, and muscle pain is a common one. Here’s another story about the side effects that pharmaceutical companies attempt to downplay:

Express UK: Statins Leave Fit Pensioner Barely Able to Walk

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Ancel Keys and Why We Fear Fat


4.6 out of 5 stars5 star83%4 star3%3 star5%2 star3%1 star3%54 ratings2,122 viewsEverybody in the low-carb world has probably heard about Ancel Keys. He’s the man that contributed more than anyone to the fear of natural fat that is still (sort of) alive today. But who was he really?

Here’s a segment from Dr. Cate Shanahan’s recent presentation at Low Carb Vail. Transcript

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Practical Lipid Management för LCHF Patients – Full presentation

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Is LDL Cholesterol Inherently Bad?


4.6 out of 5 stars5 star83%4 star3%3 star5%2 star3%1 star3%54 ratings2,122 viewsIs LDL cholesterol – the “bad” cholesterol – inherently bad? And if so why do our bodies create it?

Above you can watch a segment from Dr. Cate Shanahans recent presentation about it. Transcript

The full 35 minute presentation is on our member site:

Practical Lipid Management för LCHF Patients – Full presentation

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Is High Cholesterol Dangerous on a Low-Carb Diet?


4.7 out of 5 stars5 star81%4 star10%3 star5%2 star0%1 star2%37 ratings1,393 viewsIs high cholesterol dangerous on a low-carb diet? For some people, the “bad” LDL cholesterol goes up, while other aspects improve (like the “good” HDL cholesterol). So, both good and bad changes at the same time.

What does that mean? How should situations like that be handled?

Here’s the start of my interview with the fantastic Dr. Sarah Hallberg, from the recent Low Carb Vail conference.

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Is High Cholesterol Dangerous on a Low-Carb Diet?

Is High Cholesterol Dangerous on a Low-Carb Diet? – Dr. Sarah Hallberg4.7 out of 5 stars5 star81%4 star10%3 star5%2 star0%1 star2%37 ratings3711:22


Is high cholesterol dangerous on a low-carb diet? For some people, the “bad” LDL cholesterol goes up, while other aspects improve (like the “good” HDL cholesterol).

What does this mean? How should situations like that be handled?

Here’s my interview with the fantastic Dr. Sarah Hallberg, from the recent Low Carb Vail conference. I think she has a very good attitude to how to think about this. It’s not something to ignore, yet we still don’t have all the answers.

The 11 minute interview – including captions – is now available on the member site.

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Is High Cholesterol Dangerous on a Low-Carb Diet? – Full Interview with Dr. Hallberg

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What We Don’t Know About LCHF and Cholesterol


4.3 out of 5 stars5 star67%4 star17%3 star3%2 star5%1 star6%58 ratings2,402 viewsCan a low-carb diet be bad for your cholesterol?

For most people eating low carb may only be a good thing, even for their cholesterol, raising the good HDL cholesterol and improving triglycerides. But MAYBE for some people low carb has negative effects. There are a lot of things we simply don’t know yet.

In her recent Low Carb Vail presentation Dr. Sarah Hallberg – of TEDx fame – talked about what we don’t know about LCHF and cholesterol. You can watch a segment above. Transcript

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LCHF and LDL – Full presentation with Dr. Hallberg

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What’s Really Going on With Cholesterol and Heart Disease?

Practical Lipid Management – Dr. Cate Shanahan4.6 out of 5 stars5 star83%4 star3%3 star5%2 star3%1 star3%54 ratings5434:55


How should you think about cholesterol and heart disease? Is it really just about lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol by any means? As every animal in nature has plenty of LDL cholesterol in their blood that would pretty much mean that “all of nature is wrong”, says Dr. Cate Shanahan.

In this presentation from Low Carb Vail she discusses a more logical way to look at cholesterol and heart disease, plus how to think about it on a low-carb diet. She also shows off some pretty fancy 3D animations.

This full edited presentation, including captions, is now available on our member site:

Practical Lipid Management

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“Stop Buying Into the Great Statin Con”

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It’s time to stop buying into the great statin con, says Dr. Aseem Malhotra. The benefits have been greatly exaggerated and the side effects have been downplayed, as our knowledge is completely based on studies from the statin industry.

Side effects include muscle pain, weakness, feeling tired, and slightly reduced IQ. Also, for every one hundred people taking statins for a few years one extra person will develop diabetes type 2.

Apparently newer and more rigorously controlled studies (after 2006) on statins show overall no significant benefit at all.

Considering all this statins should probably only be prescribed to people at very high risk of heart disease (usually only people with preexisting disease). Certainly not to a large part of the healthy population.

Huffington Post: The Great Statin Con?

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