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Old 02-25-2013, 20:33   #1
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I just started the LCHF diet a few days ago, based on info given me by others on this site. I haven't read Dr. Bernstein's book yet, but I just ordered it from Amazon.

In the meantime, I started wondering how this diet affects cholesterol levels since the diet seems to include eating what sounds like high portions of foods like eggs, bacon, cheeses, etc.?

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Please check out the site Blood Sugar 101. The short answer is, the diet leads to even better lipid level readings in lab tests, as proven by many members of this forum. The government and doctors have lied to you about this. But don't just believe me, you will find plenty of info on the internet about it, and if you read this forum you will hear from members whose test results prove it.

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Thanks for the info, SilverTiger. I'll read up on it.

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The two most predictive markers on a lipid panel are HDL and triglycerides they both improve in LCHF diet. The majority of the doctors sadly don’t know this and they don’t how to interpret the lipid panel results either. Cholesterol and fat in food has little effect on cholesterol levels. The majority of cholesterol is produced by the body not food. There is only a small segment of the population that it may raise it, because they have a defect on cholesterol receptors.

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A lchf diet will improve lipid numbers in the long run. In the short term it may cause an increase. This increase can be attributed to your body switching from a glucose based fuel system to a fat burning system. Hopefully i can put this simply. Since the metabolized fat needs to reach all cells it gets carried by the bloodstream. How are lipid panels tested? Blood tests. So don't be alarmed if you see a rise in your numbers as you start.

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I'm getting tested in 7 days after my first 90 days of LCHF. Im eager to see my lipid profile and A1C. I'll make sure to check back with the results.

The numbers arent truly reflective of the type of ldl circulating in the blood though as there is no distinction between the large fluffy particles or the smaller sticky particles so I wont be too upset if the results arent on the surface an improvement.

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If you've been losing any weight, your lipids might be off too, BR . . . but if your triglycerides are nice & low, that is indicative of large fluffy LDL. Good luck!

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I asked some of the same questions here at the forum and was told that as long as your A1c keeps going down and your HDL keeps going up, things are going as they should.

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I think kantim said it all. Keep your TG/HDL under 2.0 and you are as good as it can get. With LCHF & initial weight loss the LDL is bound to increase for some time. If your TGs go down & HDL goes up this increase is largely due to fluffy LDL which is not a worry.

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I think kantim said it all. Keep your TG/HDL under 2.0 and you are as good as it can get. With LCHF & initial weight loss the LDL is bound to increase for some time. If your TGs go down & HDL goes up this increase is largely due to fluffy LDL which is not a worry.

This is a good place to start learning more.
This advice may be 100% correct, but it is important to understand that there is no consensus among lipid scientists, researchers and cardiologists on the root causes of cardiovascular disease or which markers are the best predictors. Not everyone agrees that large fluffy LDL-C particles are benign whereas small dense ones are deadly. The only advice I would offer is to educate yourself on the various theories
by reading and listening to experts like Chris Masterjohn, Thomas Dayspring, Peter Attia and many others you will discover as you get into it. It is all very confusing but eventually you will come to your own conclusion about what approach is best for you.

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