Keto and Cholesterol?


Is the Keto diet a good choice for people with already high LDL cholesterol, as the diet is about consuming fat and that’s what leads to high cholesterol in the first place? Or do people with high cholesterol have to make better fat consumption choices when doing the Keto diet.

Also, can Keto diet lead to high LDL in people who are genetically predisposed but do not have high LDL at the time.

  • Marcia Haffenden asked 5 years ago
  • last edited 5 years ago
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Hey Marcia!

Here is a great answer from one of our groups that I think answers your question perfectly! I hope this helps!

“Those of us who follow a ketogenic lifestyle do tend to have higher total cholesterol levels. Here’s why: our production of high density lipoproteins (HDL) increases. HDL transfers cholesterol from the body’s tissues to the liver. It is ESSENTIAL for survival, which is why HDL is the “good” cholesterol.

Low density lipoproteins (LDL) is known as the “bad” cholesterol, but that’s only partly true. The body still needs LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) for cholesterol transportation from the liver to the body’s tissues, but high levels of LDL particles (LDL-P) put you at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Finally, triglycerides are the form that fat takes as it travels from the body’s tissues and into the bloodstream. Again, this is a normal function of the body, but high triglyceride levels with low HDL levels are a red flag; the body may be insulin resistant, Type-2 diabetic, inflamed, have cardiovascular disease. What causes high triglyceride levels? Lots of carbs and sugar.

If you want to truly be schooled in cholesterol’s role in the body, and keto’s role in cholesterol, I highly recommend picking up a copy of “Cholesterol Clarity” by Jimmy Moore.”

Good luck!

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