According to the new researchA low-carb, high-fat diet may be linked to higher levels of “bad” cholesterol and double the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as clogged arteries, heart attacks and strokes.
“Our study found that regular consumption of a self-reported, low-carb, high-fat diet was associated with elevated levels of LDL cholesterol – or ‘bad’ cholesterol – and a higher risk of heart disease,” said said the main author. research Dr. Julia Yatan.
“This study makes an important contribution to the scientific literature and suggests that the harms outweigh the benefits,” added Christopher Gardner, professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center who led clinical trials of the keto diet.
“High LDL cholesterol shouldn’t be considered just a minor side effect of VLCD (very low calorie diet) or the keto diet,” Gardner explained, noting the higher risk of cardiovascular disease in people with lower levels of LDL. higher blood ketones. on a more standard diet.
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