Keto Diets Linked to Elevated Cholesterol

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: March 13, 2023

Keto Diets Linked to Elevated Cholesterol

A new study finds that high-fat, low-carb diets may raise levels of LDL cholesterol, leading to cardiovascular problems.

It has been concluded that following a keto diet more than doubles your risk of cardiovascular issues such as blocked arteries, heart attacks, strokes, and angina.

These findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session in 2022.

How Keto Works

Carbohydrates are restricted (Carbs are found in foods such as bread, pasta, baked goods, and certain fruits and vegetables) as well as proteins, the body in turn will then utilize its fat reserves as fuel. This fat burn-off produces ketones that the body then burns as energy. Because this process, called ketosis, burns stored fat, it can help people shed weight.

On a ketogenic diet 70 to 80% of daily calories will come from fat. 5 to 10 percent from carbohydrates, and 10 to 20% from protein.

In this study, 305 subjects on a keto diet were matched with 1220 subjects who reported eating a standard diet of 50% carbs and nearly 31% from fat.

With 12 years of follow up, those on the keto plan had more than double the heart issues. 9.8% on keto experienced a cardiac event, while only 4.3% from the standard plan experienced issues.

LDL Cholesterol and Heart Disease are Directly Connected

“Too much LDL in the body can lead to a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels, causing them to become narrowed or blocked.” – CDC

The Outcome

If you choose to do a keto diet for any length of time it is vital to have your blood cholesterol levels checked and monitored.

Give the office of Tampa Cardiovascular Associates a call at 813-975-2800 to schedule your consultation. If you are looking to lose weight and protect your heart, our Professional Nutritionists can put together a plan to help you shed fat and protect your heart.


Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 13/03/2023

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