Ketogenic Diet May be Associated with an Increased Risk of Heart Disease


Canadian research shows that after 10 years of eating a high-fat, low-carb diet, participants were twice as likely to develop problems.

A Canadian study showed that the ketogenic diet is one of the most popular diets for those looking to lose weight and may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

The menu indicates a very low consumption of carbohydrates and a bet on fats (not always healthy) to force the body to enter ketosis and use its reserves to produce energy, thus reducing the measurements and weight of the user. Those on this diet can, for example, eat bacon and use coconut oil, but they should not eat more than one banana, as the fruit contains the recommended amount of carbohydrates for the whole day.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia analyzed data from 305 people who followed a ketogenic diet and compared the results with 1,200 volunteers who didn’t follow any specific diet. The information was taken from a UK database that has been tracking participants for about 10 years.

According to the scientists, ketogenic dieters have higher levels of LDL cholesterol, known as the bad one, and apolipoprotein B, a substance that coats LDL cholesterol and serves as a biomarker of heart disease.

After an average of 11.8 years of follow-up — and after adjusting for other risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and smoking — we found that people following the ketogenic diet were twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. heart disease and cardiovascular events such as clogged arteries, heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease,” the researchers wrote in a document sent to the press.

The results confirm what appears in the office, says scientist Yulia Eyatan, lead author of the research: Some patients begin to have high cholesterol after following the diet. However, she points out, the study does not prove that diet increases the risk of heart disease, it just shows that the two are related.

The research is available in preprint, that is, it was not reviewed by the scientific community, but was presented at the World Congress of Cardiology last Sunday (5/3).

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