Dr. Sarah Hallberg on cholesterol levels and statin dosages on a ketogenic diet

Dr. Sarah Hallberg on cholesterol levels and statin dosages on a ketogenic diet

July 26, 2019 6 By William Morgan


– All right, what happens
to cholesterol levels
on a ketogenic diet, and
generally do Statin dosages
typically change when
in nutritional ketosis?
And this is perfect as well because
our own Dr. Hallberg here
is a certified lipidologist.
– Yes, and so cholesterol
levels for most people improve.
I’m gonna go back and sort
of repeat of the things
that I said with the
LDL-P question previously,
and that is again, for almost everyone
triglycerides dramatically decrease.
HDL, or the good cholesterol,
goes up significantly.
And most people have either
no change in their LDL levels,
or they even go down.
That being said, I’ll
just say it one more time,
there can be a temporary
rise in LDL-P or LDL-C
if you are losing a
significant amount of weight,
but that is a temporary rise.
In those people, again,
it’s not as common,
who do have a significant
rise in the LDL-P level.
It’s something that you wanna
talk to your physician about.
Most people who begin a ketogenic diet
on a Statin medication
won’t need to increase
their Statin medication at
all for a ketogenic diet.
It will continue to keep your
cholesterol in a good place
as it had been doing.
There are actually a
couple of nice studies done
on a ketogenic diet in patients
who are Statin treated.
And what they find is that
they don’t have any disruptions
in their cholesterol other
than significant improvements
in their triglycerides and HDL,
which many studies that
triglyceride HDL ratio
actually has been shown to be.
the best cardiovascular risk predictor.
So, again, on statins
no change in LDLs, but a significant improvement
in another cardiocascular risk markers,
which is that triglyceride-HDL ratio.