Is high cholesterol dangerous on a low-carb diet?

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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). So, both good and bad changes at the same time.

What does that 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. She can explain what’s known about this topic better than just about anyone.

About the interview

Table of contents:

  0:20  Cholesterol and low carb
  1:05  We know that triglycerides go down and HDL up
  2:20  LDL goes up for some people
  6:05  High LDL – statins for people with pre-existing heart disease
10:40  Intermittent fasting



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  1. Maru Shaheney
    I just learned today I that my HDL is at 2.5 And my HDL ratio is 2:7. My LDL at 3.97 and my "other cholesterol" was at 6.76. I am a 43 yr old female, no previous cardiac concerns pre doing LCHF. I will do as dr. Hallberg says and reduce my butter and coconut oil. How do I keep my wide-eyed Doctor from sending me for "lifestyle and diet" counselling as was suggested today? Help!
  2. gbl
    Is there some reason you think you should reduce butter and coconut oil?
  3. Maru
    That was the recommendation made by Dr. Hallberg in her video. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  4. gbl
    I have a cholesterol level twice yours and I'm healthy. I'm not cutting out butter, cream, or bacon. As far as I'm concerned, I won't be disease mongered over numbers.

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