So your doctor is concerned about your cholesterol and your LCHF/Ketogenic diet …
Most general practitioners and family doctors have had little to no training in regards to nutrition. In fact, it is extremely likely that they know little more than you do, if not less. Over the decades, their jobs have deteriorated into a fast paced test/diagnosis regimen that excludes any discussion of treatment beyond that of prescribing medication. These prescriptions are often based on test results that measure a symptom, and root cause is never even explored. They will scrutinize the quality, frequency, dosage and interactions of your medications, while more times than not, these symptoms have an actual cause that can be reversed by simply scrutinizing the quality, frequency, dosage and interactions of the foods we eat each day.
Your doctor is not your enemy. It’s not their fault, they know what they’ve been taught. The dietary guidelines provided to them are based on science (or lack there of) that has been heavily influenced by both the pharmaceutical and industrial food industries. It is your job to be an advocate for your own health.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes medications are necessary. Research the specifics of your individual situation before blindly taking them. There are many metabolic anomalies that can be easily treated by optimizing your dietary intake. You just have to figure out if this applies to you, and your specific situation.
- Is this treatment addressing the root cause of my problem?
- Do I have high cholesterol because of a statin deficiency?
- Is a total cholesterol measurement even relevant?
What follows are links to 3 PRINTABLE scientific research studies that you can present to your doctor, in an effort to enlighten him or her to the metabolic benefits and safety of your LCHF diet. This diet will treat the root cause of so many metabolic abnormalities. Do yourself a favor, and explore these options with your doctor before taking dangerous statin drugs or having invasive bariatric procedures.
Is your doctor freaking out about your cholesterol?Print these studies to share with your doctor:
Entitled: Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients
This is a general 24-month study involving 83 obese patients. Primary conclusion: the “Study confirms that it is safe to use a ketogenic diet for a longer period of time than previously demonstrated.”
Entitled: Association of dietary, circulating, and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis
This is a 2014 Meta study of 76 observational and randomized controlled studies with more than 650,000 participants that found that those with a high saturated fat intake did not have an increased risk of heart disease.
CLICK HERE: Annals of Internal Medicine, March 2014
Entitled: Lipid levels in patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease: an analysis of 136,905 hospitalizations in Get With The Guidelines
This is a study of 138,000 people admitted to US hospitals with myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). Average cholesterol was measured at 105. Thus showing no correlation or causation. Primary conclusion: high LDL is not a marker for heart disease.
CLICK HERE: American Heart Journal, 2008
Please note: It might not be a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of Cholesterol prior to your doctor visit. This will most certainly make for a more productive discussion. Here is an article that sums up Cholesterol fyi:
Also, understanding the benefits of your LCHF/Ketogenic diet might aid in the productivity of your meeting as well:
In the interest of thorough preparation, here are some more resources that might shed more light on your specific situation:
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