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What We Don’t Know About LCHF and Cholesterol


4.3 out of 5 stars5 star64%4 star18%3 star6%2 star4%1 star8%50 ratings1,951 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.

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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?

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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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Does Low Carb Have a Cholesterol Problem?

LCHF and LDL – Dr. Sarah Hallberg4.3 out of 5 stars5 star64%4 star18%3 star6%2 star4%1 star8%50 ratings5028:56


Can a low-carb diet be bad for your cholesterol? No… and maybe.

Most people get great cholesterol values on a low-carb diet. The only thing that usually goes up is the good HDL cholesterol, which is fantastic. This has also been shown in studies, where people on average improve their cholesterol and reduce their risk.

But even if a majority improve their cholesterol, a small minority of people may get significantly higher bad LDL cholesterol. This happens whatever type of measurement we do. Is it dangerous? Nobody knows for sure. So what do we do? Ignore it?

Dr. Sarah Hallberg (of TEDx fame) says no – we can’t ignore these people. In this presentation from the recent low-carb conference in Vail she discusses what we should do instead – and how to think about your cholesterol on a low-carb diet.

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LCHF and LDL – Full presentation with Dr. Hallberg

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“LCHF Has Changed My Life”

Before and after

Before and after

Kunal tried several different diets to lose weight and improve his health. But he could never stick to his new habits as they made him feel hungry and cranky all the time.

Here’s what happened when he found Diet Doctor and LCHF. Continue Reading →

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Why Saturated Fat Is Actually Good For You

Why Saturated Fat Is Actually Good For You

Saturated fat isn't as bad for you as you probably think.

Posted by The Huffington Post on Saturday, March 12, 2016

Is saturated fat mostly good for you? Sure. Here’s a short video about it, one that has been viewed over 300,000 times in a couple of days. Consider watching and sharing.

The man in the video is Dr. Mark Hyman and he has a new book out called Eat Fat, Get Thin. I have not read it yet, but it should work fine.

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My Health Markers After 10 Years on a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

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I should have been dead a long time ago, according to some people. But I feel as healthy as ever.

In 2006 I started eating an LCHF diet – low carb and high fat. I’ve now been on it for ten years, so it was time for the big checkup.

What has happened to me during these years? Here are the results from my repeated blood work: Continue Reading →

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‘We Are Very Worried’ Former Royal Doctor Demands Statins Inquiry

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Could the risks of cholesterol-lowering statins outweigh the benefits? Is the research on these drugs fatally biased, as it was funded and carried out by statin manufacturers in a way that would be “totally unacceptable” today?

That’s what a new study claims. The UK Queen’s former doctor is calling for an independent inquiry – and here’s what UK cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra says:

These are truly disturbing findings and fit in with the concept that all industry-sponsored studies should be seen as marketing until proven otherwise.

Express: ‘We Are Very Worried’ Former Royal Doctor Demands Statins Inquiry

JCBMR: Beyond Confusion and Controversy, Can We Evaluate the Real Efficacy and Safety of Cholesterol-Lowering with Statins?

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More Bad News for Statins

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More bad news for cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins:

Express: Statins doubles risk of diabetes concludes 10 year study into controversial drug

The exact results must be interpreted with caution as this kind of statistical study can’t prove cause and effect. However, that statins cause an increased risk of type 2 diabetes has been conclusively proven before. Even industry-funded trials have not been able to cover it up, so the effect is likely substantial.

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Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Study Shows

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The DASH diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – is often promoted as healthy. But it’s mostly a very conventional low-fat diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables and low-fat (yuk) dairy.

Interestingly a new study tested a higher fat version of the DASH diet – including full fat dairy. More total fat and less carbohydrates. And what happened? It turned out to be an improvement, resulting in better health markers in participants. Surprise, surprise, to all who still fear fat.

Science Daily: Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Study Shows

AJCN: Comparison of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet and a Higher-Fat Dash Diet on Blood Pressure and Lipids and Lipoproteins

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