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The Correlation between Carbohydrates and Cholesterol

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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From Dr. Davis ... the internal over-production can be related to carbs:
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Carbohydrates and Cholesterol

by William Davis, M.D. Health Professional
April 7, 2010
WHAT DO CARBOHYDRATES have to do with cholesterol?

Most people believe that carbohydrates and cholesterol are completely unrelated. After all, don't fats like saturated fat increase cholesterol levels? What do carbohydrates have to do with it?

There's actually a powerful relationship between carbohydrates and cholesterol. First of all, cholesterol is nothing more than the substance measured to indirectly quantify the number of various particles in the blood. "High cholesterol" simply means that there are a larger number of blood particles that contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is used to estimate the number of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL).

Carbohydrates enter into this equation because:

Carbohydrates increase triglycerides which, in turn, allow more very low-density lipoprotein particles (VLDL) to be produced by the liver.

Triglyceride-rich VLDL interact with LDL particles, making them smaller. The more VLDL, the more small LDL particles. This will be reflected (though incompletely) in higher LDL cholesterol values.

Smaller LDL particles are more prone to oxidation--Oxidized LDL particles are more readily taken up by inflammatory white blood cells residing in the artery wall and atherosclerotic plaque.

Smaller LDL particles are more prone to glycation--Glycation of LDL is an important phenomenon that makes the LDL particle more atherosclerotic plaque-causing. Glycated LDLs are not recognized by the LDL receptor, causing them to persist in the bloodstream longer than non-glcyated LDL. Glycated LDL is therefore taken up by inflammatory white blood cells in plaque.

To make matters worse, carbohydrates also make you fat, further fueling the fire of this sequence. (Gain weight, triglycerides go up; lose weight, triglycerides go down. The entire sequence follows.)

In order to break this chain, you must reduce carbohydrates.

Reduce carbohydrates and VLDL and triglycerides drop, often dramatically. VLDL becomes less available to transform large LDL into small LDL. Small LDL particles are no longer available to become oxidized and glycated. Blood sugar is reduced and less likely to provoke LDL glycation.

Yet the USDA, American Heart Association, and the Surgeon General's office all advise you to eat more carbohydrates. The American Diabetes Association tells you to eat 70 grams or so carbohydrates per meal. (Diabetes is the condition that is MOST susceptible to these carbohydrate effects.) Follow their advice and you gain weight; triglycerides and VLDL go up; calculated LDL may go up somewhat, but true measured LDL goes way up. Small LDL is triggered, the variety of LDL particle more prone to oxidation and glycation.

What starts this chain? Carbohydrates.

So carbohydrates and cholesterol are indeed intimately related, though it requires a somewhat complex chain of events to see the connection.

William Davis, M.D.
William R. Davis is a Milwaukee-based American cardiologist and author. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Heart Health and High Cholesterol.

it all began with me Presenting this Question.................

Doctors office called with my lab results this evening 02/22/21:
A1C = 7.5 (placed on Metformin)... will change my carb intake.
Cholesterol LDL is = 133, should be below 100 nurse said
Vitamin D is a low #9 = should be 30 and above. Dr. prescribed vitamin D daily.


Sort of confused.... I looked up on HOW to reverse a high cholesterol and one of the ways is to reduce "saturated fats" found in meats, dairy etc...
then how does one do keto please emoticon

because the Mayo Clinic states:
High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
If you already take medications, these changes can improve their cholesterol-lowering effect.

1. Eat heart-healthy foods
A few changes in your diet can reduce cholesterol and improve your heart health:
Reduce saturated fats. Saturated fats, found primarily in red meat and full-fat dairy products, raise your total cholesterol. Eliminate trans fats. Trans fats, ... are often used in margarines and store-bought cookies, crackers and cakes. Trans fats raise overall cholesterol levels. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Add whey protein.
2. Exercise on most days of the week and increase your physical activity
3. Quit smoking
4. Lose weight: Carrying even a few extra pounds contributes to high cholesterol.
5. Drink alcohol only in moderation


and James from one of my spark teams answered the question:

James shared this:
Sunshine, a healthy body produces 85% of the cholesterol that it needs, and 15% from diet.
If one has a cholesterol problem it is typically because the body itself is over-producing. Statin drugs deal with the internal over-production.
Diet wise very little can be done, because you are only working with that 15%. I'll find the link to the Cholesterol information ...

From Dr. Davis the internal over-production can be related to carbs:
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That link, and a bunch of others on cholesterol:
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P.S. So the answer on how to reduce internal over production of cholesterol is ... cut carbs.


I was doing more research tonight... well its AFTER Midnight now LOL....

where I learned also that for every 1 gram of carb, one holds 3 grams of water IN the body and so normally when I am consuming carbs I am holding on to a lot of water and then when I all of a sudden get rid of the carbs or reduce the carbs then I will be losing all that water and then at some point be losing fat.

and I learned how ONE of the goals of reducing carbs is to "reduce" inflammation and
how being over weight means that I am in a "inflammatory state" and by reducing inflammation I am allowing myself to reduce a lot of weight.

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    Interesting research.
    Baby steps, as with everything, and you will get there...
    53 days ago
    You've done good research, and for sure, James shared great information w/you.

    You may need to go on a statin, at least temporarily, but obviously, that's something you would need to discuss w/your Dr.

    Wishing you luck!

    54 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    Islandskyline.... I think we are TWINS emoticon
    54 days ago
  • SUNSHINE5268
    thank you for everyone stopping by, hugsssssssssssssssss
    54 days ago
    Like you, I had some blood tests that shook me out of my routine. High cholesterol & low vitamin D, but I'm not great at being a manageable patient so I took a long time to get the 2nd round of tests. In the meantime, my husband & I started keto - less than 25 grams of carbs/day, and my cholesterol decreased significantly - by like 70 points. I definitely felt like - while I lost weight - it was more like I was less bloated. I didn't know the link between the two, so thank you for this information. Sorry it kept you up so late at night! emoticon
    54 days ago
    Great info. Hope you got some rest emoticon
    54 days ago
  • LOF7203
    Thanks for sharing
    54 days ago
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