Dr. Stephen Phinney: Is a ketogenic diet safe for your heart?

I’m not a physician but my opinion as a researcher I would say it’s looking reasonably predicting in terms ofcardiovascular health. We have already talked about reducing A1c without medications and how that’s going to benefit maintaining a lower when C is beneficial in terms of cardiovascular risk. And if you look at all of the independent risk factors of cardiovascular disease – A1c, weight, markers of rash, blood pressure – and you look at our test upshots you recognize all those things improve after a year. Triglycerides are going down, HDL is going up, weight is going down. Inflammation is going down when we measure high-pitched sense CRP. If we’re attend all of those markers that are generally markers of cardiovascular likelihood improve over the air as a result of eating a low-grade carbohydrate nutrition, then I would think that this is pretty advantageous for cardiovascular health.The other marker that we didn’t study or haven’t analyzed still further in the one your study is the blood level of saturated solid. It’s been a lot of debate about saturated fat and mettle state and the relevant recommendations that feeing saturated a good deal of saturated solid is dangerous for you is, as you are familiar with, the food nerve hypothesis, has been severely questioned if not absolutely disproven in the last few years. But we know that the amount of saturated solid in the bloodstream is strongly correlated with heart attack risk and diabetes. So Jeff Volek and I, in a previous study not with diabetes but cases with metabolic disorder over a 12 week period of time – one group was given to a low fat high carbohydrate diet and the other group was randomized to a well formulated ketogenic nutrition and the one that people whom wecan do turns out were doing three times as much saturated solid as the people on low fat diet.After 12 weeks guess what happened to the bloodlevels of saturated overweights. They were higher in the people on the low fat diet and lower than the people on the high fat food. And how can you explain that? You know because we’ve all been toldyou are what you eat. Actually you are what you save from what you eat and when you’re keto-adapted the body’s ability to burn fat is markedly improved and saturated paunches are rapidly oxidized so they can’t build up in the body. So that other determining factor which is harder to measure…you know…wephysicians can’t typically write up for a patient order a blood exam for fat. And so it’s a specialty test. But when we represented the effortto look at that it’s clear that when people areketo-adapted they’re perfected or are prevented from accumulating saturated fattens and even that factor will will be eliminated as well.

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