brendan Posted July 19, 2011 Report Share Posted July 19, 2011 I learnt about the ketogenic diet from hppdonliners of the old forum. It seems to have an effect of regulating brain activity and hence of some clinical use in epilepsy and schizophrenia and thus theoretically hppd. It sounded instinctively a bad idea and very unhealthy due to large amount of fat. My instinct, however, was informed by what i now recognise as propaganda. Most value-added food products are carb based and hence there is a very strong food lobby that wants to make carbohydrate more acceptable to health. But it is inherently unhealthy, whereas fat is only unhealthy in the presence of carbohydrate. If you assume a carb-based diet, then yes you should reduce sat fat and eat wholegrains etc. But this assumption should be challenged and move to a fat based diet. I eat unlimited non-starchy veg and nuts, not much fruit (maybe an apple and some berries per day) loads of eggs, a reasonable amount of dairy, meat and fish, and a bit too much alcohol. I feel i have a bit more edge with the diet, tho my hppd is otherwise unafffected. If ever i have a starchy meal i dose up with 5000iu of vitamin d which cuts out the carb torpor. After 6 months or so on a keto diet i took a cholesterol test (sadly no test before for comparison). Dont have the numbers to hand but basically LDL (Bad) was high, HDL (good) was high, and triglycerides (bad) were low. So the nurse told me i need to get my LDL down, so to take aerobic exercise (fair enough) and cut down on sat fat and alcohol . What she didnt tell me: LDL is itself subdivided into bad and benign. Not all LDL is bad. It is very hard to measure directly how much benign and bad cholesterol you have, but a good proxy is your ratio of HDL to triglycerides. As i have high HDL and low triglycerides, the LDL will be largely of the benign sort. In fact it is pretty well shown that this ratio is a much better predictor of heart disease than LDL. But LDL sells statins and is easier to prescribe than a low carb diet so the cholesterol myth persists. Triglycerides are elevated by starch, HDL is raised by omega 3. Alcohol does not actually affect cholesterol but too much raises triglycerides, but as my TGs are low, the advice to reduce alcohol was nugatory. Also, carbs cause glycation (sugars attaching themselves to protien) which causes aging (age is another better predictor of heart disease than cholesterol) including hardening of arteries. Fat does not cause glycation. I have started running tho, which is of great benefit to me mentally - i always thought that cos i do a lot of walking this was enough, but no. I also ate a lot of brazil nuts but they are so rich in selenium that only a few a day can cause excessive levels that can cause raised cholesterol. So i cut down on them. But my fat level is still up and will see what my LDL looks like in a few months time. Not too bothered tho, as long as my hdl:tg ratio stays good. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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