Ketogenic Diet and Cholesterol Increase

History of Keto Diet 

Ketogenic diet began to gain popularity in 1921 as a treatment for those suffering from epilepsy and more serious cases of Multiple Sclerosis (a neurological disorder). 10% of the total daily calorie intake is in the form of carbohydrates, 20% as proteins and the remaining as fats.

Keto Diet Today

This diet today is associated very quickly with weight loss. However, in my opinion it is tentative, confusing, over-advertised and opinionated. 

Many of us are sitting in opposing camps, but that is normal for many diets. As an online nutritionist, Ambika feels that ketogenic diet is not a sustainable, healthy and an affordable approach. 

Cholesterol 101 

The human lipid profile is made up of 

  1. Triglycerides
  2. Cholesterol
  3. HDL (High density lipoprotein)
  4. LDL (Low density lipoprotein)

There is a huge misconception that cholesterol is bad for health. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in our blood. On the contrary, it is essential for creation of hormones, vitamins, and other vital substances. However, excess of anything is not good, and such is the case with this. 

Lipid Profile Changes on Keto Diet

It may reduce serum haemoglobin A1c – as a result helping a diabetic patient, but it is also known to cause a substantial rise in low density lipoprotein cholesterol levels for many.  The elevation in apo B containing lipoproteins is a problem of major concern. This specific type of lipoprotein is linked to cardiovascular disease and other complication.

Interestingly, the types of fats consumed in the diet and the amount of carbohydrate in the diet also may play a role. 

In conclusion, the truth is, long-term benefits of keto have not been demonstrated. As a practising online nutritionist Ambika, can assure you that occurrence of halitosis, constipation and diarrhea, muscle cramps, headaches, vitamin deficiencies, and other side effects may happen. 

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