Dr. Ron Krauss

LDL cholesterol is one of the most controversial topics in the low carb world. On the one hand, conventional teaching is that elevated LDL is dangerous and needs to be lowered. On the other hand, otherwise healthy individuals following a low carb lifestyle have not been represented in our available data. How do we reconcile what to do? Dr. Ron Krauss helps us understand the nuances beyond LDL-C and how we can use all the available data to help us better understand what we know and do not know about cholesterol, including LDL, HDL, triglycerides and Lp(a).

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  1. Hi there
    Great podcast. I have, over about a 6mth period of time, lost 10kg in weight, and did this primarily by cutting out processed foods and eating less bread/potatoes/pasta/rice but wouldn’t say I have been entirely low carb. Annoyingly my total cholesterol stayed the same at 6.1 mmol/L and LDL went up slightly from 4.0 to 4.2 mmol/L – triglycerides improved 1.9 to 1.3 mmol/L and HDL went up slightly from 1.2 to 1.3 mmol/L. I really was hoping my total cholesterol and LDL levels would have improved with the weight loss, Drs want to prescribed a statin, I wanted to try lifestyle. With further weight loss are the numbers likely to improve? (53y female)

    1. Hi Sally. Thanks for sharing your story. If there is one thing I have learned by working with lipids and low carb lifestyles over the years, it is that there is no one response. I have seem too many different variations to be able to predict what will happen. That is why the key is finding someone who will work with you, help you self experiment, and work to find the right lifestyle for you. Hopefully your doctor will do that for you. If not, you can work with health coaches like myself and others who can help you with your lifestyle and help the communication with your doctors. Best of luck!

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