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What Does Low Carb Do to LDL Cholesterol? (LDL-C Versus LDL-P Explained)

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This episode explains what a low carb diet does to LDL cholesterol. In it, I explain the difference between LDL-C (cholesterol) and LDL-P (particle number). 

One of the most common objections we hear about people not wanting to eat more animal products is a fear of their cholesterol going up. Much confusion exists over whether high LDL cholesterol is okay or not for your health. 

Often, physicians are prescribing statins based solely on total or LDL cholesterol numbers. This exposes people who may not actually need the medication to undesirable side effects including muscle aches, pain, fatigue, and increased insulin resistance. 

This video explains when that’s okay, and how to actually know your risk of cardiovascular disease besides relying on total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol. As you’ll learn, these are very poor indicators of your risk.


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Highlights From This Episode

[0:00] Topic Intro.

[0:55] What is cholesterol?

[1:38] Difference between LDL-P (particles) and LDL-C (cholesterol).

[1:56] LDL Pattern A versus LDL Pattern B.

[3:33] Why LDL-P is more important than LDL-C when determining cardiovascular risk.

[5:04] Does high LDL cholesterol cause heart disease? + Why you shouldn’t accept a statin based solely on high total or LDL cholesterol.

[5:27] Common side effects of statins on muscles and insulin resistance.

[5:56] Why you don’t need to fear eating saturated fat.

[6:30] How to look at the research on low-fat diets.

[6:57] Why total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol go up on a low-carb diet.  


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