Why Might LDL Cholesterol Go Up on Keto?
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so the question I want to answer today
is why would your LDL or even total cholesterol go up when you start the
ketogenic diet it’s supposed to go down okay so let’s answer that first thing
you need to know is that if it goes up realize first thing you need to know is
that the majority of the time it will go down it doesn’t go up so if it goes up
for you it’s not as common but it’s not a problem one thing you have to realize
is that LDL is not cholesterol LDL is low-density lipoprotein it’s the carrier
boat that travels the cholesterol through the blood and the second thing
you need to know is that LDL is not bad so LDL takes the cholesterol from your
liver into the tissues HDL takes the cholesterol from your tissues back on up
to the liver so we have this exchange with
cholesterol we need cholesterol for our hormones specifically sex hormones
testosterone cortisol which is an anti inflammatory hormone estrogen and we
also need cholesterol for all of the cellular membranes because if you don’t
have cholesterol for that nothing works so your body makes cholesterol it makes
a lot of it and you also get cholesterol from the diet typically what happens
when you consume more fat or cholesterol your body makes less cholesterol but
then why would it go up when you would do the ketogenic diet so there’s a
really interesting study done by Stephen Phinney MD and PhD so what he did is he
did biopsies on fat cells through a person’s ketogenic plan to identify what
happens inside the fat cell during this process and he found some really
interesting data one thing he talked about one thing you talked about is this
cholesterol is also stored in the fat cell in a certain amount and when you do
a ketogenic plant and you lose weight the fat cell shrinks but in the first
phases of this process you release the triglycerides which can be used for
energy but the body tends to retain or hold on to the cholesterol till a
certain point which explains why you may start the ketogenic Plan and your
cholesterol or even LDL is good but then it spikes weeks or even months later
what you have to realize is cholesterol is not used as fuel in the body so the
fat cell is mostly triglycerides and triglycerides are used as fuel in the
body but not the cholesterol so here you have the situation where you start the
ketogenic Plan you’re losing weight but the cholesterol in that cell is being
retained until a certain point that then it’s released and at that point he found
in certain people that release of 300 milligrams of cholesterol that came out
and then what happens it goes into the liver it combines with bile
gets dissolved and then it kind of goes out through the intestine so that would
be one reason why your LDL or even cholesterol can go up during a program
now the other reason it can go up is just for the fact that you’re consuming
a higher fat diet and you have more fat circulating throughout the body
but this is what you need to know as far as LDL okay which is consider the bad
cholesterol which it’s not and you normally shouldn’t even be concerned
about this but if you are there’s two types of LDL and these two types are
basically the size of this particle okay so type A is a very large type it’s
called large buoyant because it floats type B is more of a small dense type
okay this is the type that can potentially invade the artery walls and
create inflammation and damage and then the response from that the immune
response kicks in and then your body starts laying down calcium cholesterol
plaquing and even fibrin which is a protein to start to form a clot this
type which is a small dense type okay that comes from consuming a high
carbohydrate diet this type comes from doing a high fat diet low carb diet so
when you get on a high fat diet you lower your carbs you may have more of
this and so if your LDL is really really high and you do a regular cholesterol
test they’re not gonna differentiate that LDL
they’re just going to give you the total number what you want to do is you want
to get an advanced lipid panel or a test to measure the particle size and you’re
gonna find that most of that is type A not type B in fact my own wife Karen had
high very high LDL and so we got this advanced test and sure enough it was the
majority of it was type A and how the any type B so do you have to be
concerned no but if you are concerned get this advanced test done so you have
the knowledge of really what’s happening and if you’re still concerned that it’s
high in general and you want to lower it there’s a couple things you can do
number one you can actually consume more fiber in the form of vegetables because
fiber tends to find with some of these fats and allow them to be transported
through the body you could also reduce some of the extra
fat that you’re consuming like butter or some other fats you can start reducing
some of that to some degree but not below 75 grams I don’t recommend that
all right so the bottom line is you don’t have to be concerned about this
you should get this test and really understand what’s really happening all
right thanks for watching
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Why would LDL cholesterol go up on keto, isn’t it supposed to go down?
0:08 The first thing you need to know
0:25 What is LDL?
0:40 LDL is not bad
1:20 Why LDL might go up on keto
3:20 Another reason LDL may go up on keto
3:30 What you need to know about LDL
5:30 How to lower LDL
Today we’re going to talk about LDL and keto. I’m going to explain why your LDL or total cholesterol would go up when’s starting the keto diet.
For most people, when starting the ketogenic diet, their LDL will go down and not up. If it does go up, it’s not as common, but I don’t believe it’s a problem.
LDL is not cholesterol. It’s low-density lipoprotein. LDL acts like a carrier boat that travels the cholesterol through the blood. LDL is not bad. LDL takes the cholesterol from the liver and puts it into the tissues. HDL takes the cholesterol from the tissues and puts it into the liver.
The body needs cholesterol for hormones and cellular membranes. Your body makes a lot of cholesterol, and you also get cholesterol from the diet. Typically, when a person consumes more fat in their diet, the body makes less cholesterol.
In an interesting study done by Stephen Phinney, he talked about how cholesterol is also stored in the fat cell in a certain amount. When you do the ketogenic plan, and you lose weight, the fat cell shrinks. In the first phases of this process, you could release triglycerides, but the body tends to hold on to the cholesterol to a certain point. This could explain why you could start the keto plan, and your cholesterol or LDL is good but then spikes later on.
Cholesterol is not used as fuel in the body. The fat cell is mostly triglycerides, which can be used as fuel. What he found in the study was that eventually, the cholesterol is released and goes into the liver, combines with bile, gets dissolved, and goes out through the intestine.
Another reason it may go up is simply that you’re consuming a higher fat diet, and you have more fat circulating throughout the body.
There are two types of LDL:
Type A—is a very large type.
Type B—is a small and dense type.
Type B is the type that can potentially invade the artery walls and create inflammation and damage. Type B comes from consuming a high carbohydrate diet. Type A comes from doing a high-fat, low-carb diet. When you get on a high-fat diet and lower your carbs, you may have more type A LDL.
An advanced test (advanced lipid panel) can differentiate between the two types of LDL and give you more knowledge as to what’s going on.
How to help lower LDL:
• Consume more fiber in the form of vegetables
• Reduce some of the extra fat you consume (not below 75g)
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Thanks for watching! I hope this video helps you better understand why LDL cholesterol might go up on keto.