What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is essential for the life of all animals, including humans. Cholesterol is found in virtually every cell of your body and is necessary for many bodily functions, including:
- Cell integrity: As an integral part of every cell membrane in the body, cholesterol is required for maintaining cell structure and fluidity.
- Hormone synthesis: Cholesterol is needed to make steroid hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, cortisol, and other related hormones, such as vitamin D3.
- Creation of bile acids: Your liver converts cholesterol into bile acids, which help you absorb fats and the essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
- Myelin formation: The myelin sheath that surrounds and protects nerve cells contains plenty of cholesterol.
Your body makes most of the cholesterol that is found in your bloodstream. It’s primarily produced in the liver.
Dietary cholesterol – found in animal foods like eggs, shellfish, cheese, and organ meat – makes up a smaller portion of your blood cholesterol pool.
Bad Cholesterol (LDL) is NOT Cholesterol and Is NOT Bad!
Introducing the Iranian Equation to Calculate LDL-Cholesterol
In a paper published 2001, Wang and colleagues described a patient with a low TG value of approximately 50 mg/dL, a high cholesterol level, and a discrepant LDL-C level (7). The LDL-C level using the Friedewald calculation turned out to be much higher than the LDL-C level using direct measurement. The authors suggested for the first time that in the presence of low TG and high cholesterol levels, the LDL-C level should be measured directly instead of using the Friedewald calculation.
These results were later confirmed in a paper published 2008 by Iranian investigators showing that with low concentrations of TG, the Friedwald equation may overestimate LDL-C to such a degree that may affect the clinical decision-making
For the first tab “LDL in mmol/L”:
■ Friedewald equation: LDL = TC – HDL – TG / 2.17 (mmol/L)
■ Iranian study method: LDL = TC / 1.19 + TG / 0.81 – HDL / 1.1 – 0.98 (mmol/L)
In case of the second tab “LDL in mg/dL”:
■ Friedewald formula: LDL = TC – HDL – TG / 5.0 (mg/dL)
■ Iranian study formula: LDL = TC / 1.19 + TG / 1.9 – HDL / 1.1 – 38 (mg/dL)
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MCT Oil can improve Cholesterol
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Keto Diet and Cholesterol: Only the Science
A 2012 study in Nutrition compared a low-calorie diet to a low-carb, high-fat (keto) diet among 360 overweight and obese participants. After one year, participants on the keto diet saw their total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL decreased, while HDL rose. HDL is often referred to as “good cholesterol.”
How is cholesterol transported in your body?
Since cholesterol is a wax-like substance, it can’t dissolve in the blood. Think about what happens when you add oil to water — it doesn’t mix. Your body has different carriers, called lipoproteins, which shuttle cholesterol through your bloodstream.
The main lipoproteins are
- very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)
- high-density lipoprotein (HDL)
- low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
Triglycerides are commonly discussed along with cholesterol, but technically triglycerides aren’t cholesterol. Rather, triglycerides are the body’s form of mobile fat energy, providing energy to tissues when necessary and moving excess energy to fat storage when energy is abundant. In this guide, we’ll start with triglycerides and then move on to discuss the lipoproteins.
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What to Do If a Low-Carb Diet Raises Your Cholesterol
Low-carb and ketogenic diets are incredibly healthy.
They have clear, potentially life-saving benefits for some of the world’s most serious diseases.
This includes obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, epilepsy and numerous others.
According to these improvements, low-carb diets should reduce the risk of heart disease.
But even if these risk factors improve on average, there can be individuals within those averages that experience improvements, and others who see negative effects.
There appears to be a small subset of people who experience increased cholesterol levels on a low-carb diet, especially a ketogenic diet or a very high fat version of paleo.
Of course, most of these “risk factors” were established in the context of a high-carb, high-calorie Western diet and we don’t know if they have the same effects on a healthy low-carb diet that reduces inflammation and oxidative stress.
However… it is better to be safe than sorry and I think that these individuals should take some measures to get their levels down, especially those who have a family history of heart disease.
Some simple adjustments will do just fine and you will still be able to reap all the metabolic benefits of eating low-carb.
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Should you be concerned if your cholesterol increases with low-carb eating?
However, some experts urge caution. Prominent lipidologist and vocal lipid educator Dr. Thomas Dayspring states:
“The advocates of low-carb diets say there is no study showing harm of elevated LDL-P and LDL-C in patients who have eliminated or drastically reduced their insulin resistance and inflammatory markers by low carbing. That is true, but what they want to ignore is that there is no data anywhere that shows they are an exception.”
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